‘Elements’ is a series of monologues that explore different reactions to the loss of a friend. The series grounds emotional responses in the physicality of different elements and combines poetic form with drama.
The collection is made up of four pieces titled: ‘Earth’, ‘Air’, ‘Water’ and ‘Fire’.
After a college party ends in tragedy, four teenagers recollect their memories of the night and the effect of the events on their own lives. Contemplating their actions and inactions, each monologue takes a snapshot of a person’s unique response to grief.
EARTH is a grounding force but also draining,
it weighs you down with guilt’s gravity.
The narrator’s response is one of numbness.
Alex is a London based actor and writer, his professional credits include ‘52 Souls’ (2020) and ‘PVC’ (2020) with Chronic Insanity Theatre. Alex has had a number of roles with the Nottingham New Theatre, including ‘Edward II’ (2019) and ‘Human Animals’ (2019). Alex also wrote and directed ‘Ring Ring’ (2018) for the Inter-University Drama Festival.
AIR is a chaotic force that sweeps reason aside,
it lifts you up with memory’s oblivion.
The narrator’s response is one of denial.
Jake is a Nottingham based actor whose professional credits include ‘PVC’ (2020) with Chronic Insanity Theatre and the short film ‘Exaction’ (2017) with Røde Reel. Jake has acted with The Nottingham New Theatre for a number of years, his credits include ‘Celebration’ (2020) and ‘Esse SA Essay’ (2018), as well as writing and directing the digital theatre piece ‘MONKEY’ (2020).
WATER is a vengeful force that lashes out,
it cleanses you with righteous focus.
The narrator’s response is one of rage.
Tobi is studying a BSc in Genetics at the University of Nottingham. With The Nottingham New Theatre Tobi acted in ‘Inhabitation’ (2019), Assistant Produced ‘Pink Mist’ (2020), and has worked as an assistant on technical teams.
FIRE is a loving force of acceptance,
it treasures mourning with heartbreak’s awe.
The narrator’s response is one of peace.
Lillian is an actor, choreographer and director based in Leeds and this is her first professional credit. Her credits with the Nottingham New Theatre include acting roles in ‘Still Alice’ (2019), ‘Stags and Hens’ (2019), ‘Why is John Lennon Wearing a Skirt?’ (2018), ‘DNA’ (2019) in collaboration with Lakeside Arts, and ‘The Devil You Know’ (2018) for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Additionally Lillian co-directed ‘Grant Meets Death’ (2018) and ‘Eve and Adam’ (2019) and has choreographed a number of projects, including ‘Edward II’ (2019).