On Regret is a performance dedicated to all the chances in life that have passed us by: from devastatingly witty comebacks not thought of in the heat of the moment, to the buses and trains we almost caught, to the nights we sat at home wishing we’d gone out, to lovers that got away, and ones who never were at all.
The performance dwells on the fact that each of life’s regrets results from decisions taken in a single moment, and on how such moments, through the burden of regret, continue, expand and repeat in our minds. Using its structure and duration, the performance dissects the feeling of regret by stretching and contorting each of the performance’s 60 minutes, exposing the presence of pain, desire and longing in everyday words, gestures and images with a dark sense of humour.
Devised through the assemblage of autobiographical and found material, the performance is fast-paced and fragmentary, continually swinging between the comic and the tragic and making use of material ranging from personal ads and self-help books to iconic film scenes. It sits somewhere in the space between knowing what you want and having it, or in the realisation that what you want will never be yours.