The Talent by Action Hero

Wednesday 20th March 7.30 - 8.30pm

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A woman in a sound booth is talking. She is talking to herself. She is talking to you. She is talking to everyone. She is gifted, professional, mercurial; it seems as if she can summon almost any kind of voice and create any kind of world.

She is selling you something

She is telling you a story

She sounds like a cereal ad

She sounds like a cartoon

She sounds like a meditation tape

She sounds like a shapeshifter

She sounds like the ocean

You would listen to her say anything. Her voice is all around. Her voice is all there is. Her voice is all that’s left. She conjures her own ghost in real time.

The Talent is a new show by Action Hero and Deborah Pearson about the legacy of the human voice in a non-human future.

Praise for The Talent:

thrillingly funny and strange...Beckett’s hip, pop-culture savvy descendants - Time Out London

Paintin’s performance is nothing short of incredible. A unique and experiential hour... an immensely enjoyable watch - Brighton Source

Paintin is one of those actors that has the ‘it’ factor. You can’t not watch what she’s doing - The Audience Club


Commissioned by Teatro do Bairro Alto (PT) Cambridge Junction (UK) & South Street Arts/ University of Reading (UK). With support from PACT Zollverein (DE) and Bristol Old Vic Ferment (UK). Thanks to Queen Mary University, University of Bristol and The Yard. With funding from Arts Council England.

About this performance 

Age guidance: This performance is recommended for all ages.

Content warning: Some flickering light (not strobe), darkness, loud music

Duration: This performance is 60 minutes long.

Interval: This performance does not have an interval.

Pre/Post show activity: This performance does not have any pre/post show activity.

Tickets: Tickets cost £15 and are available to purchase through Eventbrite.


If you have any specific access requirements you would like us to be aware of, please email [email protected]

Find out more about Action Hero

Action Hero is the collaboration between artists Gemma Paintin and James Stenhouse. Together they create artworks that expand across multiple creative practices: performance, installation, sound, digital practice and work for public space. They have toured their work to over 40 countries across 5 continents. They won an Austin (Texas) Critic’s Table Award for Best Touring Show, and were shortlisted for the 2016 Anti Festival International Prize for Live Art. They have two books published by Oberon, and have written essays for several more, including the 21st Century Performance Reader.

Deborah Pearson's work spans playwrighting, directing, live art and visual art. She is founder and a co-director of UK-based curation collective Forest Fringe and winner of several distinctions for her practice and Forest Fringe, including twice being named on the Stage 100 list. Her performances have been staged in over twenty countries across five continents and translated into six languages.

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