Writer: Andy Roberts
Divisors and Performers: Andy Roberts &James Baker
Reviewer: Glen Pearce
“Get out of the way John”. If that line means nothing to you don’t worry, you’ll soon hear it a lot in Now Listen Very Carefully To Me -238 times in fact.
For those non movie geeks, it’s a pivotal line from Terminator 2, a film Bootworks Theatre Artistic Director Andy Roberts is somewhat obsessive about. It’s an obsession that has grown since he first saw the film aged seven and a film that he has seen that magical 238 times.
He’s been told that the best way to overcome his obsession is to share with others and so we’re all recruited to take part in an onstage recreation. If you’ve never seen the film you’ll probably be totally bemused but if you’ve ever wanted to be in the movies this is just the show for you!
Together with James Baker who steps out from behind the sound desk in a glorious silver Lycra recreation of the terminator, we’re drawn into the madcap world. Andy explains that we may be asked to take part but we’ll never look as silly as him. It’s a close run thing though, as audience members are plucked to lay police officers, doctors, bridges or drive remote control cars in a retraction of a pivotal car chase.
It’s all great fun and all very silly but there’s a real message at its heart, a look at the act of obsession and of a childhood innocence when you believed the best way to impress a girl was to copy the action from your favourite film.
Bootworks Theatre are renowned for their immersive experience and Now Listen To Me Very Carefully is no different. The audience are sat in a circle resembling group therapy. Jamie Dodgers are rewarded for correct answers and there’s a sense of trust engendered so that you fill no qualms about rolling around the floor after dying in a bloody shootout.
The show does require a knowledge of the film to get the most from the experience but for 75 minutes of sheer fun it is worth throwing yourself into the madness, if you’re a fan of Arnie or not.
Photo Alex Brenner