Romcom (or, the distance love can be maintained between any two diverging points)

Following BLOKE, and some experiments in late 2002, Ant Hampton and Glen Neath created ROMCOM (or, the distance love can be maintained between any two diverging points). Two performers meet on stage before an audience and enact the story of a relationship. The performers, different for every performance, agree in advance to do the show, but have absolutely no idea what is expected of them; they simply turn up and put on a set of headphones through which instructions are given to them about what to say and do. It's important they haven't been told anything about the show's contents beforehand. The two tracks - one for each performer - are started simultaneously with a video track. The video (which also contains the music for the show) doubles up as the lighting: there are no other light sources. The three separate machines (two audio, one video) then run on for 50 minutes without any human intervention; the entire stage business in ROMCOM - blackouts, titles for scenes, sound cues, music, lighting - is therefore automated, using very simple means. The structure is totally automatic and ‘closed’, thereby foregrounding the variable, human process of negotiating and carrying out the instructions


Concept by Ant Hampton

Text by Glen Neath

Video work by Britt Hatzius


Showreel by Susanne Dietz


Creative production by Katja Timmerberg


Versions in English, German (translated by Karen Witthuhn) and Cantonese (translated by Joanna Lee)

Sur-titled versions in Spanish (by Hugo Salas), Portuguese and Polish (by Patryk Czaplicki)


Revised, rewritten and re-edited version for 2011, co-produced by Kaserne, Basle, Switzerland


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Performances to date of 2011 version:

Kaserne, Basel, Switzerland (German language premiere) kaserne-basel.ch

Isabelle Menke & Andreas Storm - 13 October 2011
Susanne Abelein & Silvester von Hösslin - 14 October 2011

Cathrin Störmer & Matthias Breitenbach - 15 October 2011


Forest Fringe residency, The Gate Theatre, London, UK (UK premiere) gatetheatre.co.uk

Neil Callaghan & Karen Christopher - 22 April 2013

Christopher Brett Bailey & Ira Brand - 23 April 2013

Nigel Barrett & Season Butler - 24 April 2013

Thom Tuck & Caroline Williams - 25 April 2013

Sam Booth & Jess Latowicki - 26 April 2013

Chris Thorpe & Lucy Ellinson - 27 April 2013


4 Days: Curtain Call, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK arnolfini.org.uk

Jodie Hawkes & Peter Phillips (Search Party) - 15 September 2013

Alexandra Zierle & Paul Carter (Zierle & Carter) - 15 September 2013

Jenna Watt & Shaun C Badham - 15 September 2013


New Vision Festival, Kwai Tsing Theatre, Hong Kong (Cantonese language premiere) newvisionfestival.gov.hk

Pichead Amornsomboon & Grace Wu - 31 October 2014

Au Yeung-chun & Karrie Tan - 1 November 2014

Lau Shau-ching & Anna leong - 2 November 2014

Yau Ting-fai & Wong Wai-chi - 2 November 2014


Performances of original 2003 version:

291 Gallery, Hackney Road, London, UK

Finlay Robertson & Amber Sealey - 15 March 2003

David Rosenberg & Gemma Brockis - 16 March 2003


West End Centre, Aldershot, UK hants.gov.uk/westendcentre

Martin Huggan & Camilla Greene - 25 March 2004


The Arches Festival, Arches, Argyle Street, Glasgow, Scotland thearches.co.uk

Paul Blair & Alison Peebles - 15 April 2004

Ross Stenmore & Judith Williams - 16 April 2004

Neil Francis & Michaela Dunne - 17 April 2004


Garage Festival, Stralsund, Germany garage.in-mv.de/blog/

Jens Bohnsack & Linde Engelhardt - 12 August 2004


Plateaux Festival, Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany plateaux.info

Jerry Killick & Elyce Semenec - 14 October 2004

Lars Rudolph & Caroline Peters - 15 October 2004


Live Brits Festival, Hebbel an Ufer, Berlin, Germany hebbel-am-ufer.de

Tilo Werner & Sussane Sachsse - 7 January 2005

Bastian Trost & Bettina Grahs - 9 January 2005


Phoenix Theatre, Exeter, UK exeterphoenix.org.uk

Marcus Bartlett & Katie Beswick - 3 May 2005


Sexy Machinery #11, Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, London, UK sexymachinery.com

Sophie Okonedo & Greg McLaren - 29 May 2005


Hackney Empire, London, UK hackneyempire.co.uk

Sean Hughes & Hannah Ringham - 17 July 2005


Grand Theatre, Noorderzon Festival, Groningen, The Netherlands noorderzon.nl

Gerry van der Laan & Sarah van Steenderen - 20 August 2005

Mirjam Stolwijk & Jochem Koole - 21 August 2005


Project Space, Dublin Theatre Festival, Eire fringefest.com

Lisa Lambe & Karl Shiels - 29 September 2005

Katherine O'Malley & Wolfgang Hoffmann - 30 September 2005

Ruth Negga & Tadg Murphy - 1 October 2005


Theaterhaus Gessnerallee, Zurich, Switzerland gessnerallee.ch

Fabienne Hadorn & Martin Zimmerman - 22 January 2006

Barbara Maurer & Thomas Wodianka - 23 January 2006


Poole Civic Centre, Poole, UK activateperformingarts.org.uk

Laura Griffin & Lee Hart - 14 March 2006


Elkafka Espacio Teatral, Buenes Aires, Argentina (with Spanish surtitles) elkafkaespacioteatral.blogspot.co.uk

Bárbara Togander & Pablo Messiez - 23 March 2006

Soledad Galarce & Diego Leske - 24 March 2006

Elena Gowland & Mariano Caligaris - 25 March 2006


Shunt Vaults, Joiner Street, London, UK shunt.co.uk

Greg Henderson Begg & Emily Mytton - 24 January 2007

Matt Rudkin & Emma Macfarlane - 25 January 2007

Neil Edmond & Melanie Wilson - 26 January 2007


Escrita Na Paisagem, Evora, Portugal (with Portuguese surtitles) escritanapaisagem.net

Dora Bernardo & Tiago Porteiro - 5 July 2007


Krakowskie Reminiscencje Teatralne, Krakow, Poland (with Polish surtitles) reminiscencje.pl

Michal Kocurek & Monika Radziwon - 24 April 2008

Marta Wardynska & Jakub Snochowski - 25 April 2008


Stoke Newington International Airport, London, UK stkinternational.co.uk/STK

Bill Aitchison & Tania El Khoury - 24 October 2009



















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