Nothing sacrificed, nothing gained...
A riveting adaptation of Janne Teller’s award-winning novel, now considered a modern classic.
When Pierre Anthon smugly declares there's no meaning to life, he leaves his ninth-grade classroom, climbs a plum tree, and stays there. To prove to him that life is full of worth his classmates make a ‘pile of meaning’ and sacrifice things of great importance; Dungeons & Dragons books, a fishing rod, a pair of green sandals, a pet hamster… Then, events start to take a morbid twist as each offering becomes more extreme. And what if, after all these sacrifices, the pile still isn’t meaningful enough to bring Pierre Anthon down?
The Australian premiere of this internationally acclaimed Danish novel is adapted by Fleur Murphy, directed by Alonso Pineda and stars a lively ensemble cast including Connor James, Rebecca Makar, Jessica Martin, Mia Tuco and Laurence Young. Traversing the innocence of youth and the wisdom adulthood, Nothing is a delicious delve into existential angst, full of wry humour and engaging characters that highlight the weird and wonderful things we all find worth in.
By Fleur Murphy
Adapted from the award-winning novel by Janne Teller
The world premiere at
45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
February / March 2022
Writer - Fleur Murphy
Director - Alonso Pineda
Producer - Ryan Stewart
Set and Costume Design - Karine Larché
Lighting Design - Harrie Hogan
Movement Director - Cassandra Kaoustos
Music Supervisor - Lara Dawson
Original Music & Sound Design - Sam Porter
“This beautiful and frightening book stopped me in my tracks.” David Almond, The Guardian, UK
“A youth novel in Nobel Prize class.”
Lena Kjersén Edman, Sweden
“Gorgeously lyrical and dreadfully bleak.”
Kirkus Review, USA
“Janne Teller has with NOTHING written a novel that is as haunting as it is brilliant.”
El Tiempo, Colombia
The development of this script is gratefully supported by Creative Victoria through their Sustaining Creative Workers Grants.