Nothing Happens (Twice)

A show directed by Ursula Martinez and inspired by Samuel Beckett

Rough Cut

A show directed by Ursula Martinez and inspired by Samuel Beckett

Work currently under development.

Nothing Happens (Twice) is a journey of discovery into the real meaning of success and why we keep doing what we do, even in the face of failure. When the restrictions of the Beckett Estate prevented us from making our own version of Waiting for Godot and wrecked our plans for a sure fire route to the big time, we decided instead to use the play as a pretext to examine our motives as creators.

Nothing Happens (Twice) is a two-hander by performance duo Patricia Rodriguez and Mercè Ribot and led by Olivier Award-winning artist, Ursula Martinez.


 In June 2019, we presented work in progress as part of Ovalhouse’s FirstBites season, to regional programmers Salisbury Arts Centre and to the Audience Club at Proteus Creation Space in Basingstoke.

This show is in its final stage of development, with the premiere at Royal Theatre Plymouth planned for March 2021 followed by a UK tour supported by a range of audience development activities.

To book this show in your venue or for more production details contact us.

“I really enjoyed Rough Cut and its dual narrative – the rejection of the orthodoxy while searching for recognition and achievement, and the echoes of Godot.  I can see this dual narrative playing out beautifully over a full-length show”.

Owen Calvert-Lyons

Head of Theatre and Artists' Development, Ovalhouse

production Credits 

Performers:    Mercè Ribot and Patricia Rodriguez

Director:         Úrsula Martínez

Dramaturg:    Adam Brace

Designer:       Verity Quinn

Composer:      John Biddle

Lighting:        Simon Bond

Movement:    Stephen Harper

Producer:       Sarah-Jane Watkinson, Outer Circle Arts


 r&D Credits

Designer: Charlotte Espiner

Lighting: Pablo Baz

With additional support from: Michael Crean, Dan Lees & Okorie Chukwu

Supported by

thanks to 

 Ovalhouse, Wiltshire Creative  and Proteus Creation Space for their support on the development of this show.

Image Gallery

Promotional ‘work in progress’ photos by Pau Ros