“a beautiful dance of love, death and grief delivered via a single live performer (the phenomenal Terry O’Donovan), headphones and mobile phones.” - The Independent, Lyn Gardner
It's the moment of your death.
There’s a magic button.
Do you delete your entire online legacy?
Or do you keep it – and leave the choice for someone else?
USER NOT FOUND is about our digital lives after we die. Our new production has been created with pioneering theatre-artist Chris Goode and digital design company Marmelo. It is performed in cafés: audience members receive a smartphone and a pair of headphones and are immersed in one man’s story as he’s faced with keeping or deleting his partner’s online existence. A story of contemporary grief unfolds through this intimate, funny performance that gently interrogates our need for connection.
User Not Found premiered to critical accalim as part of Traverse Theatre's 2018 Edinburgh Fringe programme.
The 2018 tour of User Not Found has been incredible. We performed the show 57 times in 17 cafés. Thank you to all of the audiences who joined us. We're busy preparing our 2019 tour and will have more details here soon.
Traverse Theatre @ Jeelie PIece at the Edinburgh Fringe
PULSE Festival @ New Wolsey, Ipswich
Departure Lounge, Derby Theatre
The Townhouse Cafe @ Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick
South Street Reading
The Garden Cafe with Brighton Dome & Brighton Digital Festival
Lincoln Drill Hall
Mansfield Old LIbrary
The Edge Cafe, Bath
Attenborough Centre for Arts, Leicester
Pot Kettle Black with HOME Machester's Orbit Festival
Canvas Coffee with New Theatre Royal Portsmouth
- Created by Daphna Attias, Terry O'Donovan & Chris Goode
- Created in collaboration with Marmelo
- Directed by Daphna Attias
- Writing by Chris Goode
- Performed by Terry O'Donovan
- Creative Technology Design by Marmelo
- Lighting & Set Design by Zia Bergin-Holly
- Composition & Sound Design by Yaniv Fridel
- Video Design by Preference Studio
- Access Development & Captioning by Sophie Gunn
- Costume Design & Design Assistance by Alessia Mallardo
- Technical Stage Managers Tom Clutterbuck & Philippa Mannion
As part of this project, we have partnered with Professor Lib Taylor of the University of Reading, who is researching the use of social media within immersive performance. An AHRC-funded project, is is a collaboration between ourselves, Univerity of Reading's Film, Theatre & Television Dept, Marmelo and John Troyer at University of Bath's Centre for Death & Society. There will be opportunities to take part in workshops around digital ownership, legacy and identity as this strand of the project develops. You can keep up to date with the research project here.
“Written with a chatty poetic restraint by Chris Goode, this show is a beautiful dance of love, death and grief delivered via a single live performer (the phenomenal Terry O’Donovan), headphones and mobile phones.“ ★★★★
Lyn Gardner in The Independent
“A tender, intimate story of love and letting go.” ★★★★
"handles mourning and technology with fingertip lightness" ★★★★ The Sunday Times
"There is surreal magic in the seemingly everyday details of this expertly crafted show... they light the room with the power of tactile, human connection." ★★★★★ The Skinny
“A raw and magnetic performance... a gorgeous show about grief in the era of hyper connectivity“. ★★★★
"it's a show where form and content combine, crossing the digital divide back into the real world...it has a haunting life-or-death power" - Scotland on Sunday
"This production is what theatre in 2018 should be - ambitious, contemporary and thought-provoking." ★★★★★ Broadway World
“It feels like a privilege to listen to and watch O’Donovan so intimately.” ★★★★
“O’Donovan’s understated but deeply emotional performance generates an ethereal experience of astonishing power“ ★★★★★
The Reviews Hub
"It’s a reflective piece about dealing with death and living online – two different kinds of absence wrapped up in one." ★★★★ Matt Trueman in Fest
"It’s a real feat in technology for the theatre...User Not Found is an amazing exploration of grief." Exeunt's review through a Twitter feed
WINNER - FRINGE GROUNDBREAKER AWARD - The Wee Review
WINNER - BEST THEATRE SHOW - Broadway World 2018
User Not Found is the recipient of In Good Company's mid-career artist commission and was developed with the support of artsdepot's Creative Residencies, Southbank Centre, University of Reading, South Street, The New Wolsey Theatre, Roundhouse London & Stone Nest.
The project is funded by IMAF, AHRC, Cockayne - Grants for the Arts & The London Community Foundation, The Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fund & Arts Council England.