No seats here. Rather than watching a stage through a proscenium arch, in Punchdrunk’s The Burnt City, the audience wanders around some of the most elaborate sets I’ve ever seen, in a vast maze of rooms and corridors and cubbies. The action takes place all around me, and at every moment multiple storylines unfold. Characters move around the spaces, intersecting with others for a short time or a long time, then drifting apart again. It is like an elaborately staged ball. Elegantly costumed … [Read more...]
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The Drop is a fully participatory immersive show, which puts you and up to three friends into the centre of a thrilling ride. We arrive at our appointment with our wealth managers. I haven’t realised any of my group are fabulously rich, but you have to roll with the punches. We sign in at reception, and are directed to a meeting room on the third floor. ‘Elevators are just around the corner,’ we are told. Someone has left their briefcase in the lift… With a successful trilogy of online … [Read more...]
I’m still not sure what the most frightening element of In The Shadow It Waits really is - is it the events that happen to the characters, or is it the idea of a very extended period of lockdown? (An exact number of days is given to the audience, but let’s not give everything away.) A relatively short live experience, the set-up is quite straightforward, and, at least in terms of the background story, believable. While the consequences of playing an online game - which can actually be viewed … [Read more...]
One of the great aspects of going to the Vault Festival is seeing something that is not quite finished but is being ‘beta’ tested with a live audience - in theatrical terms, a ’work in progress’ - and that is exactly what I did with a visit to Dave Bibby’s new production, Life: The Gameshow. The show starts as we arrive, with Bibby giving us a playing card and either a birthday hat or a crown. The hat meant you were a hen - a woman - and the crown meant you were a stag - a man. Other gender … [Read more...]
It’s 1946 and the Marchioness du Jour, a venerated prima donna and a wonderful singer, is set to perform at tonight’s grand opening. Dignitaries, cultural bigwigs and the finest folk from around the world have flocked to the event, and the room is buzzing with anticipation. But all is not as it seems when a chilling and brutal murder is discovered. The performance by the Marchioness du Jour is put on hold, having been murdered, and the would-be grand night quickly becomes a crime … [Read more...]