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Variant 31 – Space 18, London

Creators: Big Dreamer Productions Reviewer: Richard Maguire It may prove easier getting through airport security than it is making it through the door to the immersive Variant 31. The queues wouldn’t be so bad if the experience that followed was actually any good, but this live action zombie role-playing game is pretty lame and frustratingly aimless. Once tickets are booked ...

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Looking At You – HERE Arts Center, New York City

Music: Kamala Sankaram Libretto: Rob Handel Developer and Director: Kristin Marting Music Director: Samuel McCoy Reviewer: Maridee Slater In an age where the cognitive distance between humans and our screens is diminishing, it is inevitable that theatrical liveness and the definition of immersive theatre will deconstruct itself, re-examine its role, and (hopefully) take strides towards a new actionable interface. In ...

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Gingerline: Chambers – Secret Location, London

Writers: Davy Berryman and Lauren Partridge Reviewer: Ava Eldred Famed for their innovative immersive dining experiences, all taking place in the vicinity of stations on London’s Overground line, Gingerline’s latest instalment, Chambers, is a veritable feast for the senses, and certainly not for the passive experience seeker. The first rule of Gingerline is that participants must not reveal anything about ...

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Confetti and Chaos – Imagination Workshop, Edinburgh

Interactive Theatre International's Confetti and Chaos is back at its spiritual home, smack bang in the middle of the madness of the Edinburgh Festival. The world's worst wedding reception still has the ability to surprise and delight and it's all down to the pin-sharp script and the enviable comedy acting and improvisation skills of its talented cast. The whole idea ...

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80 Days: A Real World Adventure – Underbelly Festival, London

Designer: Fire Hazard Games Reviewer: Richard Maguire This scavenger hunt along The Embankment and within Covent Garden will certainly leave you breathless and excited. Based on Jules Verne’s thrilling novel, 80 Days: A Real World Adventure is the new interactive game devised by Fire Hazard, a company renowned for their site-specific challenges such as Citydash, a true sprint for clues ...

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Tree – Upper Campfield Market, Manchester

Creators: Idris Elba & Kwame Kwei-Armah   Director: Kwame Kwei-Armah   Reviewer: Jay Nuttall   An umbrella of questionable ethics has become Tree’s canopy in the lead up to the opening of one of Manchester International Festival’s flagship productions. A high-profile disagreement between creatives and the role they should or should not be credited with has pushed this production into ...

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OSCAR at the Crown – 3 Dollar Bill, New York City

Creator: Mark Mauriello Director: Shira Milikowsky Composer & Choreographer: Andrew Barret Cox Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers “To define is to limit.” – Oscar Wilde It seems a bit odd to write a review of a queer nightclub musical based on Oscar Wilde’s life, when Wilde himself would have scoffed at the notion of caring at all what a sole critic might ...

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INTERVIEW: Immersive Theatre and Sexual Politics at the VAULT Festival 2019

There are plenty of shows to see at this year’s VAULT Festival, happening right now in the arches down under Waterloo station, but for the more adventurous the festival also offers a whole host of immersive experiences. Greyscale lets audiences decide whether or not they have witnessed an assault, and the Reviews Hub’s Richard Maguire met one of its creators, ...

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