The Department of Distractions

“A single glove in the street,

A pair of shoes hanging from a telephone wire,

A torn up love letter in a Metro carriage,

A phone box that rings as you walk past…”

Are you distracted?

This month I’m working on The Department of Distractions, written by Alex Kelly and made by Third Angel.

The Department of Distractions is…

“an organisation so clandestine you won’t have heard of them. They say their job is to plant stories in the world “to make life more interesting.” Others would argue that their job is as much to stop us looking in certain directions. But things are starting to unravel, a story they started has got out of hand, they’ve lost control of it and now they’re in danger of being exposed. How far will they go to maintain their anonymity? How much are you willing to believe?”

It’s a wonderfully written, fun and quirky show with some rather dark undertones. The score oscillates between pristine, minimalist synths and raw, layered, folky violins.


Third Angel have been cataloguing The Department’s handy work for some time. See the files on Instagram

The Department of Distractions is on at Northern Stage, 2nd-10th February 2018. Book tickets here.

Image: Rick Harris

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