Invisible Atom

written and performed by Anthony Black

directed by Ann-Marie Kerr

Invisible Atom is an epic tale played out on the most impossibly small stage, exactly four feet square. Rather than impede, the restrictions heighten the performer’s extraordinary talent as a master storyteller as well as the poignancy of the tale itself.

The character, Atom, has everything. He’s a bright, up-and-coming stockbroker with a gorgeous girlfriend and a beautiful new baby. A real success story.

But doubts about the ethics of his work have begun to plague him. And when he falls victim to a catastrophic reversal of his destiny, he finds himself suspended in a very precise moment in space and time. This is where Atom tells his story, taking the audience on a wild trip of the imagination and covering themes from economics to classical physics.

Invisible Atom is a show about a man at an apex, the moment where up is about to become down, the beginning of the end of the world. Dealing with themes of economics and classical physics Invisible Atom is essentially a very human and affecting story of personal tragedy.

“A marvel of 21st-century storytelling… ★★★★★
– The Herald, Edinburgh, Scotland

Creative Team

written and performed : Anthony Black
director: Ann-Marie Kerr
stage manager/production manager: Louisa Adamson
sound design: Christian Barry
lighting design: Leigh-Ann Vardy

dramaturgy by: Ann-Marie Kerr with Christian Barry

Touring history

Victoria BC – UNO Festival of Solo Performances
Toronto, ON – Summerworks
Toronto, ON – Co-presented with Necessary Angel
Vancouver, BC – PuSh Festival
New York, US – Under The Radar (Public Theater)
Cork, IR – Cork Midsummer Festival
Edinburgh, UK – Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Regina, SK – Globe Theatre
Sydney, AU – Sydney Festival
Melbourne, AU – Victoria Arts Centre
Nashville, US – Vanderbilt University

Development History

Invisible Atom was written with a grant from NS dept of Tourism, Culture & Heritage. It received a workshop production at Festival Antigonish in 2004. The piece was nominated for two 2005 Robert E. Merritt Awards: Best Play by a Nova Scotian Playwright (Anthony Black), and Best Director (Ann-Marie Kerr).