Review: The Weatherman (Basic Space) ****

Taking on big issues can seem a daunting task. Why are you telling this story? Who should be speaking it? How do you tread the thin line between being pertinent and being preachy? Such is an issue faced by Quirk in their green show: The Weatherman. But they needn’t worry. Like your carbon footprint, this show will leave a mark. It’s indelible and a highly personal and enjoyable experience. For as … Continue reading Review: The Weatherman (Basic Space) ****

Review: The Inevitable Disappearance of Edward J. Neverwhere ****

Edward J. Neverwhere is not real. But his story is. Exploring the power of memory, The Inevitable Disappearance of Edward J. Neverwhere immerses audiences in a world of pure imagination. But in a show that relies on telling not showing, audiences may need to use their imagination to make sense of a somewhat convoluted narrative. Created by his childhood friend, he may be imagined but everything he feels is … Continue reading Review: The Inevitable Disappearance of Edward J. Neverwhere ****

Review: A Lost Art (Basic Space) ***

Letters capture a unique and single moment in time. A Lost Art takes these snapshots from the past and breathes new life into them. But not in speech: through dance. What results is vibrant and vibrant storytelling, but one which has lacks the intimacy of its inspiration. From dance based theatre company Palms Down, A Lost Art invites audiences to rediscover the art of writing. Escape into an … Continue reading Review: A Lost Art (Basic Space) ***

Review: Orwell’s Voice (Basic Space) *****

The voice is a powerful tool. At its loudest, it can rouse and rally; in silence, it still speaks. In writing, it records the past, informs the present, and speaks to the future. In Orwell’s Voice, Callum Berridge explores the power of that writer’s voice and his own. Performative and enduring, I have never seen anything like this on stage. Despite being one of the … Continue reading Review: Orwell’s Voice (Basic Space) *****

Review: DRINKS *** (Basic Space)

Immersive theatre is continuing to grow in popularity over the last few years: audiences are invited into an expansive world, with a whole host of characters and experiences to be explored. In some cases, these world provide an escape from hum-drum reality into fantasy. DRINKS creates a world not unlike our own, as Three Pegs Productions explores the challenges facing young people in London today. Sharp, short … Continue reading Review: DRINKS *** (Basic Space)

Review: Glaucoma *** (Basic Space Festival)

There is a blindness… A show which takes on one big issue faces a challenge. A show which takes on multiple issues, an even bigger one. A show which takes on how we ourselves take on these issues, the biggest. Ambitious and articulate, CapaTaro Theatre’s Glaucoma perhaps takes on too much. People are blind to the problems before them: homelessness, environmentalism, consumerism. The list goes … Continue reading Review: Glaucoma *** (Basic Space Festival)

Interview: Dom Riley (Quirk)

Basic Space is now underway, with just a few days left for Londoners to see site-sensitive theatre on their very doorstep. Quite literally actually, as the shows are taking over two Victorian houses in Peckham. One of these is The Weatherman, an eco-friendly show both in content and construction. Mounting a green show can be a challenge and one which Writer and Director Dom Riley is aware … Continue reading Interview: Dom Riley (Quirk)

Interview: Sophie Andrea Mitchell (Three Pegs Productions)

Basic Space 2017 kicks off this week and I have been lucky enough to get a behind the scenes glimpse at proceedings. All this week, I will be posting interviews, reviews and photos from my experience. This site-sensitive festival sees theatre companies take over two safe houses, each interpreting and utilising the space in a different way. Earlier this week, I spoke to cmd+shift whose 4* … Continue reading Interview: Sophie Andrea Mitchell (Three Pegs Productions)

Review: Chronos @ Basic Space ****

The first person narrative is one that creates a unique relationship between audience and character. Putting the reader, watcher or player in their shoes (and even mind), it creates a connection and level of intimacy unparalleled. Some theatre has tapped into the potential of this genre: in Secret Cinema, you are immersed in a world and assigned a character, interacting with actors in other roles. This, however, is often within … Continue reading Review: Chronos @ Basic Space ****

Interview: Nick Saunders & Grace Cook (cmd+shift)

“People come in really knowing not much at all other than that they’re going to be by themselves…” It’s a bold move for an immersive show: staging a story to just one audience member at a time. As Director Nick Saunders put it, it could have been ‘commercial suicide!’ Such is the experience which cmd+shift sets out to create with their new show Chronos which features as part of the Basic … Continue reading Interview: Nick Saunders & Grace Cook (cmd+shift)