Posts Under ‘Site Specific’ Category

Party Skills for the End of the World

Manchester International Festival’s 2017 theatre offering starts with Party Skills for the End of the World, ‘a wild, immersive show that will teach you how to get by when the end comes and it’s time to celebrate everything that’s made life worth living’.  And that is what this production sets out to do.  It asks the big… Continue Reading →

Mobile

We’d like to believe that we live in a world of complete social mobility where achievement is on merit. Certainly our politicians would like us to.   And perhaps to an extent we do, financially.  But how do we deal with the emotional complexity of social mobility? Mobile from Paper Birds (at Ramsbottom but as… Continue Reading →

Is audience participation killing theatre?

Theatre is defined by many unwritten rules.  When you first go to the theatre, these rules are unclear, on etiquette, what to wear, how to react to the performance.  On the few occasions I’ve been to a classical music concert I have struggled to understand when to clap; why is it encouraged after a big… Continue Reading →

How far should audience interaction go (or I hate dancing in public)?

In the light of Operation Black Antler from Blast Theory/Hydrocracker I’ve had a nagging thought.  What responsibility does a theatre company have to its audience in terms of the extent to which they need to interact? In live performance, some activities are optional and to some extent there are rules.  You don’t sit on the… Continue Reading →

Operation Black Antler

There was a moment in Operation Black Antler (from Blast Theory/Hydrocracker and HOME) where I and one of my undercover team finally get an introduction to one of the key people in the operation we are trying to infiltrate.  It’s been hard work persuading our contact to believe that we are sufficiently committed to their… Continue Reading →