Taking as its starting point the final moments of the Second World War in Berlin, The Zero Hour follows the stories of three couples living through three very different versions of the same historical events. It is work which is overtly philosophical and we hope humane. It is also unapologetically romantic and shot through with the obsessions (sex, babies, death WW2 and time travel) which are the hall marks of ITD’s narrative inventions.
On a formal level The Zero Hour continues ITD’s exploration of the relation between live action, computer generated animation and recorded material. In particular, the events of the stage are filmed and projected by a Chinese film crew, a device which helps to frame the audience’s interrogation of the process of the writing of history and the production of fictions.
The Zero Hour was supported by Arts Council England and made possible by Live at LICA, University of the Arts London and Lancaster University.
Written and directed by Andrew Quick and Pete Brooks with the company
Video design by Simon Wainwright
Soundtrack by Jeremy Peyton Jones
Animation production by Adam Gregory
Video programming Simon Wainwright and Andrew Crofts
Wei Da Chen
Show recording: Sodium