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At this point,
at this exact moment,
a man enters the stage.
A man enters the stage and
the man has a gun.
BIG GUNS is the prickling at the back of your neck, the faint taste of blood on your teeth, the could-be sounds of a strange figure in the semi-darkness. The YouTube clip you hope doesn’t load but can’t help watching.
Privacy. Pornography. Flat-pack furniture.
BIG GUNS is violence. Against others. Against ourselves. It’s paranoia. It’s a society living in fear. It’s the moment just – before.
About the Author
Nina Segal is a playwright and producer based in London and New York. Current projects include Big Guns and In The Night Time (Before The Sun Rises), both currently in development through the Soho Young Company. In The Night Time (Before The Sun Rises) will be developed this July at New Works Lab, Connecticut, directed by Kate Attwell, with Gabe Levey and Emily Davis. Fin was recently shortlisted for the Adrian Pagan award at the King’s Head Theatre. Current producing includes I Heart Catherine Pistachio at the Berlin 100 Grad Festival and the Soho Theatre, with a European tour planned for 2016; Leveret by Matt Jones, directed by Alex Thorpe, at the Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick, 2916; Swingers, a dance-theatre piece for older performers about sex, ageing and intimacy; and Lucas Hnath’s The Christians for the Gate at Traverse 1.
'Nina Segal is one of our most promising young playwrights... the text to 'Big Guns' consists of a series of stories told from a voyeur’s standpoint: a diarist called M is read about in her lost journal; there’s a couple with a shared public blog; there’s a Vlog star who goes off the rails. Blurring and bleeding into each other, Segal’s stories offer an unnerving vision of a world in which the thrill of being watched and the fear of being watched are almost impossible to separate, in which paranoia is a form of entertainment in itself.' Time Out
'Nina Segal's swirling script, almost a staged poem, draws a direct line from small acts of virtual violence to actual, all-out atrocities... Just as Sarah Kane tied domestic abuse to the extremities of war in Blasted, so Big Guns stitches our online cruelties into the real world... Segal starts microscopically, though. She writes butterfly effects into being, so that tiny transgressions ripple off into the wider world... Her debut In the Night Time (Before the Sun Rises) extrapolated from the cries of a sleepless child to the roar of riots outside, to screaming sirens...Form works hard. Segal almost writes in word clouds: voices ping-ponging back and forth, lapping at one another's sentences. Their words entwine. Images entangle. Narratives blur. Everything comes to feel connected.' What's On Stage
'Like Sarah Kane, Nina Segal has the ability to see the tree that grows from the seed, the civil war from the sordid hotel room... Her new two-hander, Big Guns, squeamishly excavates our insatiable clickbait culture and reveals the darkness that lurks in plain sight on our browser tabs. Recipes for no-bake cakes. Make-up tutorials. X-Pro II filters. Torture porn. Beheadings. We are through the looking glass here, and then some.' The Stage ★★★★