Banging Cymbal, Clanging Gong

A wake up call for those who have fallen asleep, and a call to arms for those who have given up the fight.

A savage and wild barbarian rages her way through the injustices of the world. Includes gruesome battle renditions, piano recitals of Bach and readings of Robert Frost.

Written and performed by Artistic Director Jo Randerson, this 55 minute solo chronicles the implosion/explosion of an angry and feral Barbarian at war with the world she finds herself in. Jo draws on her Viking family roots (Randers, Denmark) to conjure a half-caste and misfitted malcontent, alienating and offending in a single breath, eliciting sympathy and laughter the next.

Banging Cymbal, Clanging Gong is the founding theatrical cornerstone of Barbarian Productions.

A weirdly fascinating look at love and redemption through the eyes of a Bach-playing punk... Illuminates the wilfulness and grace of acting on behalf of those despised and rejected by the world.
— Dominion, Wellington, 2002


Jo Randerson


Irene Wood (direction), Melanie Hamilton (production).

Production History:

Banging Cymbal, Clanging Gong has been performed in Denmark, Norway, Australia and New Zealand. 
It requires a piano.