The Quiet Volume (Curate the Campus 2012)

The Quiet Volume
by Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells 
Lancaster performances presented in association with Litfest 

The Quiet Volume is a whispered, self-generated and 'automatic' performance (Autoteatro) for two at a time, exploiting the particular tension common to any library worldwide; a combination of silence and concentration within which different peoples' experiences of reading unfold.  

Two audience members / participants sit side-by-side. Taking cues from words both written and whispered they find themselves burrowing an unlikely path through a pile of books. The piece exposes the strange magic at the heart of the reading experience, allowing aspects of it we think of as deeply internal to lean out into the surrounding space, and to leak from one reader's sphere into another's.

Commissioned and produced in English, German and Spanish by Ciudades Paralelas, a festival of portable theatre curated by Stefan Kaegi and Lola Arias, developed in co-production between HAU Berlin and Schauspielhaus Zürich, supported by Goethe-Institut Warschau, Teatr Nowy and the foundation of Nowy Teatr, commissioned by Kulturstiftung des Bundes, the Swiss Cultural foundation Pro Helvetia and Goethe Institute Buenos Aires.

In coproduction with Vooruit Arts Centre, Belgium 

Voices: Ant Hampton, Seth Etchells, Jenny Naden
Binaural recordings: TiTo Toblerone
Artistic project management: Katja Timmerberg

This production is not part of Live at LICA's Pic n' Mix Scheme


We require exactly 2 people for each performance in order for the performance at that time to take place.

Performances run every 30 mins in Lancaster University's Library between these start and end times:-
Tuesday 8th - Thursday 10th May: 13.00 (first performance) - 19.00 (last performance)
Friday 11th May: 13.00 (first performance)-  18.00 (last performance)
Saturday 12th May: 11.00 (first performance) - 16.00 (last performance)

Ticket Prices

Book one ticket for any performance:-
£8 Adults / £6 Students & concessions.

Book two tickets for one performance:-
£7 per adult / £5 students and concessions 

How to book

Please email with your name, contact details, number of tickets required and a choice of 3 performance slots. (Performances are every 30mins between the times stated above).

We will then contact you with which performance slots still have spaces and take payment.
You must have emailed us before 4.30pm to attend a performance on the same evening.

...the feeling of heightened awareness in which every sound is magnified, every movement has increased significance and all words dance with possibility (...) there is a sense that we are all privately running amok in the libraries of our minds.
Lyn Gardner (The Guardian)

Event Details

Approx 60 mins
Nuffield Theatre

Ant Hampton & Tim Etchells

Ticket Information

This is a audio performance for 2 people.
Tuesday 8th - Saturday 10th May
Held at Lancaster University Library.

Booking Tickets 
Please email your name, a contact number, number of tickets required (max of 2 per performance) and a choice of 3 performance times to: 

You must have emailed us before 4.30pm to attend a performance on the same evening.