A Girl and A Gun

All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun.

‘All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun’ // Jean-Luc Godard

Recently, Louise started seeing girls and guns everywhere. She obsessed over them on YouTube and in music videos, felt a bit disgusted about them in video games, and tried not to see them in pornography. She began to ponder what it was about that coupling that was so attractive, and wondered whether Godard was right.
This is a show that asks a woman and an unprepared male performer to play out a film script in front of you. It wonders what the difference is between watching something on screen and experiencing something live. It asks what it means to be a ‘hero’, what it means to be a plot device, and what it means to watch.

Expect gun-twirlin’, play-actin’ and Nancy-Sinatra-dancin’.

And me. And you.

‘Like an episode of Whose Line Is It Anyway devised by Marina Abramovic’ (The Guardian)

1hr 10m
The Vaults
14 — 18 Mar 19:20
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About the company

Louise Orwin

Louise is an award-winning writer, researcher and theatre maker. She makes research-driven theatre projects about subjects that are close to home, hard to get your head around, and need to be spoken about. She makes work about what it means to be a woman today, in a fast-moving, media-saturated world.

Her work has consistently opened to critical acclaim. Pretty Ugly, which delved into how teenage girls interact with the internet today, caused a bit of a media stir in 2014 and was featured widely in national and international press, on the radio (Woman’s Hour, BBCR4), TV (Fusion News, ABC, US), and broadsheet press (Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Independent). A Girl and A Gun has been featured in The Guardian, Vice Magazine, and on the BBC Radio. Her most recent show, ‘Oh Yes Oh No’, opened in London in 2017, has been called ‘brave, taboo-breaking work’ (Lyn Gardner), and will go on to tour in 2018.

Louise likes to make work that is provocative and brash, intimate, awkward at times, and generally filled with a heady dose of pop culture. She makes work that gets under your skin, and will stay there days after you’ve left the theatre.

‘[Louise’s work] demands and deserves to be seen’ – Exeunt

‘I can’t decide if Louise Orwin is a lunatic or a genius’ – West End Wilma

‘An extraordinary performer- a magnetic presence’ – Carole Woddis

Artistic Team
Conceived, Written & Performed by
Louise Orwin
Produced by
Jen Smethurst
Production Manager
Adam Robertson
Lighting Design
Alex Fernandes
Video Design
Josh Pharo

Press & Reviews


A witty, sexy and sometimes sad dissection of screen sexuality

The Norwich Radical

There is nowhere for the performer or viewer to hide

The Guardian

Like an episode of Whose Line Is It Anyway devised by Marina Abramovic

Parallel Magazine

Orwin asks us to reconsider the scene; how voyeuristic, and disturbing, is it to watch Her perform for Him. Is she really performing for us?

The View From The Circle

Complex, witty and thought-provoking

Megan Vaugh, Synonyms for Churlish

It is a very clever thing

The Stage

Disconcertingly convincing

Elisa Haf

One of the most powerful pieces I’ve seen in a long time… theatre is rarely this postmodern without being pretentious

The List, The Wee Review, ReviewsHub, ReviewsGate, West End Wilma, Miro Magazine


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