Clockfire (PDF ebook)

ISBN-10: 1-77056-274-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-77056-274-5
104 pp, Digital PDF
Oct 15 2010
$10.95 CAD
Note: This is a digital eBook. It is also available as a paperback.
Note: This digital eBook is in the PDF format. It is also available in the ePub format.

A spotlight appears to light a large, ornate grandfather clock. The clock displays the correct time and is in perfect working order.

The actors sneak behind the audience and set the theatre on fire.


Jonathan Ball’s Clockfire is a suite of poetic blueprints for imaginary plays that would be impossible to produce – plays in which, for example, the director burns out the sun, actors murder their audience or the laws of physics are defiled. The poems in a sense replace the need for drama, and are predicated on the idea that modern theatre lacks both ‘clocks’ and ‘fire’ and thus fails to offer its audiences immediate, violent engagement. They sometimes resemble the scores for Fluxus ‘happenings,’ but replace the casual aesthetic and DIY simplicity of Fluxus art with something more akin to the brutality of Artaud’s theatre of cruelty. Italo Calvino as rewritten by H. P. Lovecraft, Ball’s ‘plays’ break free of the constraints of reality and artistic category to revel in their own dazzling, magnificent horror.

‘[Ball is] one of our most exciting young poets.’ – Robert Kroetsch