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Tomorrow Creeps – 4 Stars

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Tomorrow Creeps

The Vaults

Reviewed – 25th January 2018

★★★★

“an intense kaleidoscope that is so vivid that it takes on a breathing, seething life of its own”

 

We take our seats in the dingy Cavern room in the Vaults at Waterloo. Drops of murky water drip from the ceiling, and the audience lines the stage on two sides. A thick, dimly-lit haze hangs over the stage, where the figure of a man can just be made out. David Fairs’ Tomorrow Creeps is weird before it has even begun. As a story of ghosts and madness inspired by the storytelling of Kate Bush and drawn from sixteen works from Shakespeare, weirdness is clearly high on the agenda for theatre company Golem!

The text of the play is a mixture of original writing and borrowed lines of Shakespeare, decontextualised and applied to this new, strange situation. This is a surprisingly smooth fusion that feels darkly archaic rather than simply Shakespearian and adds yet another complex, murky layer to this unique production. Unfortunately, the Kate Bush additions may have been an experiment too far, as the sudden, and mercifully sparing, sequences set to ‘80s pop hits draw nervous laughter from an unconvinced audience.

Those sections are blemish on the face of what is otherwise a stunningly visceral production. From start to finish, Tomorrow Creeps is an intense kaleidoscope that is so vivid that it takes on a breathing, seething life of its own. From the subterranean setting, to meticulous use of props and lighting, to the fact that all three actors take their bow exhausted and filthy, it is impossible to imagine that something occult has not taken place for real. The ordeal, with all its rage and the mania, is genuine.

Tomorrow Creeps is so ambitious and devastatingly odd that, inevitably, some parts come a little unstuck. While the Cavern is a wonderfully atmospheric environment, its length and acoustics meant that some sections of dialogue could easily become lost; in an unfamiliar play about madness with remixed text without obvious scene transitions, it is inevitable that some sections become difficult to follow. Nevertheless, this is an intoxicating and unique production that deserves its place at the forefront of contemporary fringe theatre.

 

Reviewed by Matthew Wild

 


Tomorrow Creeps

Vaults Theatre until 28th January

 

 

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I KNOW YOU OF OLD

★★★★

The Hope Theatre

I KNOW YOU OF OLD at The Hope Theatre

★★★★

 

“It’s Shakespeare but not as we know it!”

 

Golem! returns to the Hope Theatre with a brand new take on Much Ado about Nothing. Using only the original text, David Fairs reimagines the story and depicts an alternative, previously untold dark comedy. I Know You of Old unpeels the intricate relationships between Beatrice, Benedick and Claudio.

Set for its entirety in the Chapel where the poor, mistreated Hero is laid centre stage ensuring that although she is dead, she cannot be forgotten

Conor O’Kane plays a guilt-stricken and remorseful Claudio. Why did he accuse Hero of such treachery when he knows deep down she wouldn’t have been capable of it? He sets out to atone for his sins. David Fairs is perfect for the role of sharp witted playboy Benedick. He commands the tiny set, engaging the audience with the strength of his delivery. Sarah Lambie as the savvy, intelligent Beatrice cleverly switches from scornful and indifferent to coquettish and seductive without missing a beat. All three deliver superb performances with an intensity that could easily transfer to a larger stage.

Director Anna Marsland gives the play a contemporary feel with the use of iPads, iPhones and social media – which with a bigger budget could probably be used to greater effect! The use of music here certainly added to the comedy value of the show – the choice of songs was a stroke of genius!

A prior knowledge of Much Ado probably enhances what you take away from this play but the reworking of the original text means that it can be watched as a stand alone performance too.

 

I Know you of Old

is at The Hope Theatre until 1st July

Reviewed – 15th June 2017

Production Images courtesy of GOLEM! Theatre

 

Reviewed by Angela East

 

 

 

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