I’ve been going to the Vaults Festival in Waterloo for the past few years and was always intrigued by the portacabin at the junction of Lower Marsh and the Leake Street tunnel which is used as performance space. This year it’s been taken over by Myriad Immersive to put on Spree a piece of immersive theatre which to quote their promotion material is: ‘An intimate immersive experience inspired by the hit Netflix series Mindhunter and pioneering crime podcast Serial’. You and your team are agents of the FBI, brought in to solve a cold case and untangle the twisted motivations of an infamous serial killer. Inside our interrogation room sits the key suspect in a series of gruesome attacks. You must delegate responsibilities and work against the clock to extract fresh evidence and solve the case.
When you book a ticket, you can be either a “Participant” (which is £13 per ticket – there are only two) where you act the part of an FBI agent and interrogate the accused or an “Observer” (£10 – maximum of three) where you stand outside the interrogation room and help feed the agents questions. The night I went, I was an Observer and my companion was a Participant and went into the room with another agent and interrogated the prisoner.
The portacabin is divided into two. One part is the interrogation room with a table and chairs – on one side sits the prisoner and on the other the two “agents”. There’s a dividing wall with a door and a window, and the “observers” stand outside in a room with a crime board with clues to a grisly murder. The “agents” have earpieces and are fed questions via walkie-talkies.
There are two actors involved – one playing the FBI agent feeding the questions and one playing the accused. The problem with the piece was there was no real drama or tension and although there was a little twist in the tale, it was all a bit slight. Immersive theatre is all the rage these days and it can be exciting to be part of – unfortunately, Spree fails to excite or stimulate. One of the reasons for that is that it’s just twenty-five minutes long as the performances are every half an hour, so it doesn’t get a chance to develop properly.
So, if you do fancy seeing what goes on in that mysterious portacabin on Leake Street, I suggest you book something else as well at the superb Vaults Festival and make an evening of it.
Review by Alan Fitter
An intimate immersive experience inspired by the hit Netflix series MINDHUNTER and pioneering crime podcast SERIAL. You and your team are agents of the FBI, brought in to solve a cold case and untangle the twisted motivations of an infamous serial killer.
Inside our interrogation room sits the key suspect in a series of gruesome attacks. You must delegate responsibilities and work against the clock to extract fresh evidence and solve the case.
Two Types Of Experience:
Choose Participant (max 2 per experience): Find yourself inside the interrogation room, face to face with the suspect. You and your partner will lead the questioning: working together (and with assistance from the rest of your team observing from outside) to unmask the killer.
Choose Observer (max 3 per experience): Take a step back and watch from a secure position on the other side of the one-way mirror: working alongside an established FBI agent to feed probing questions to your team inside the interrogation room and help unravel the cryptic answers.
25 Feb – 8 Mar 2020
Running Time 20 mins