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Review of Article 10 – CAMDEN FRINGE at Aces and Eights

Article 10Article 10 brought to my attention a whole new style of theatre, in which the audience is used as a central part of the show. Last night, watching in the basement of Aces and Eights, I felt immersed within this piece of art simply because I was being addressed within the issues; rather than ignored. The breaking of the fourth wall was a technique used to its full advantage here. By acknowledging our presence in the room, we were kept on our toes as to what their next move, in terms of the plot, would be.

The play itself centered on the issue of self-censorship, particularly within the arts, and its increasingly growing effect on our society. As an audience we represented an underground, revolutionary theatre group, masking itself as a comedy club. Led by Dominic (Guy Hodgkinson) and Briony (Abby Restall), the atmosphere was set straight away, and no time was wasted in delving into the important topic of freedom of speech.

For the first five minutes, I noticed a woman talking and rummaging through newspapers, just as I was about to tell her to stop; she nervously took to the stage, and only then did it click that she was part of the show. She introduced herself as Emily (Beth Watson) a fellow member of this revolutionary group, here to tell her story of how reporting on a pupil’s parent for the use of one racially offensive word, caused a child to be separated from their father.

As a trio, they interacted with each other well; my only one qualm being with the “Guess Who” scene, in which an exchange of information is taking place with a fellow underground group. The scene marked tension and a sense of uncertainty for the fate of our organisation; which would have made more of an impact had the dialogue been more fast-paced, and less muddled.
4 stars

Review by Grace Mitchell

It’s a year of elections; a year of change for better or for worse. A time of war. Where people are free to express themselves & where others fight to stop them. Descend into The Speakeasy, a sanctuary guaranteed to divide opinion, to offend & to liberate. Closing the Gap return with their brand new, devised show after sell-out runs in 2014 & 2013.
http://www.acesandeightssaloonbar.com/

Tuesday 25th AUgust 2015

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