Re-enactments: It’s all gone Andy Warhol at Shoreditch Town Hall

30 Jan

Metro

There’s no danger of nodding off quietly in the back row during this interactive audio performance from ambitious young theatre company Analogue.

That’s in no small part because you’re not only expected to watch but to perform in it as well – the spectators are also the cast.

Audience members are issued with a pair of headphones as they arrive at the entrance to the atmospheric, labyrinthine basement of Shoreditch Town Hall in east London.

Instructions are then fed into their ears across the next 60 minutes as a series of prompts encourage them variously to rub sandpaper between their fingers, clink glasses in a toast and tear up pictures of sandwiches.

Liam Jarvis’s enigmatic tale of alienation is inspired by the postmodern matter and storytelling techniques of the film Synecdoche, New York and Tom McCarthy’s novel Remainder. The narrator, who speaks via the headphones, is recovering from a severe brain…

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