I'm Standing Next To You

From The Mill Theatre Company are bringing their acclaimed show about loneliness, I'm Standing Next To You, to Oxford on Sunday 2 July.

So, what’s the show you’re bringing to Offbeat and what’s it about

‘I’m standing next to you’ looks at the issue of loneliness. One in four people describe themselves as lonely and the UK has been found to be the loneliest place in Europe. So why aren’t we talking about this? Maybe because we feel ashamed and somehow to blame?

‘I’m standing next to you’ imagines what would happen if a group of complete strangers suddenly stopped, put their phones down and started talking to each other honestly about their lives. We invite audiences to become part of the crowd and listen to the character’s stories.  Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, it’s about internet dating, new motherhood and the struggle to find your place in the world.

What’s the background to the show?

The play premiered at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester in 2016, before playing at the Manchester Fringe festival, where it won an award for it’s innovative staging. The play was selected to be part of the PUSH festival at HOME in Manchester, which celebrated the best in fringe theatre in the region.  This is the first time that we have taken the show out of Manchester so we are really excited to see what audiences in Oxford make of it.

Can you sum up the pitch for your show in 5 words?

Truthful

Funny

Unpredictable

Supportive

Sad

What kind of person do you think will enjoy this show?

This play is a very unique kind of show and a chance for audiences to try something new. The play has no set, just an empty space. Members of the audience are free to walk during the whole piece and can move, turn and react to what is happening around them. We offer the chance for you to get as close as you want to the characters, allowing you to connect with them in a very personal way.