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Blue Elephant Theatre

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Blue Elephant Theatre

Reviewed – 21st November 2018

★★★

“Although immensely entertaining to watch, it proves the darker elements to social media”

 

Swipe left. Tweet. Post. Comment. Like. Swipe right. Ping! A notification. Crying face emoji. What once would have sounded like alien jargon has now become the vocabulary of our modern world. Particularly for the Millennial generation. More and more of the Millennial’s time is being spent online or documenting their lives to look perfect to the outside world. ELLA&CO. latch onto this, creating a movement piece that unpacks some of the bizarre behaviours social media brings out, as well as exploring how the pressures of perfectionism is affecting our mental health. Highly relevant and eye-opening, #NOFILTER lays bear our online personas to assess and examine.

Scenes come and go, leaving the brain in a buzzing frenzy, due to the rate in which new information and pictures are thrown at us. ELLA&CO. cleverly depicts the instant, ‘I want it now’, restless lifestyles social media brings out in us. Even a meaningful moment with the death of a loved one is turned into a post, hoping for likes. A standout scene is when a peaceful yoga session becomes a fight for the best hashtag about the class. Although immensely entertaining to watch, it proves the darker elements to social media – how anything we do, even for leisure or down time, becomes competitive. Striving to be accepted by our peers.

The side effects of the virtual world are touched upon but could certainly be used more effectively. It is welcoming that ELLA&CO. aren’t heavy handed in pointing the finger, saying, ‘this is bad’ or ‘this will happen if you use social media too much’, they gently offer a mirror up to the world we live in and let us, the audience, see in live performance the often ludicrous nature of the social media beast. They allow us to come to our own conclusions and question our online actions. However, with all this being said, some more obvious indicators to the the potential anxiety/psychological issues caused by social media could be helpful. Especially as the company are looking at taking the show into schools.

With just a simple empty black box stage, the four female cast members of ELLA&CO. rely on intense sound and lighting sequences, as well as themselves and their movements, to bring the performance space to hyperactive life.

It cannot be denied that #NOFILTER is an entertaining and on point representation of the millennial lifestyle, but still has a subtle, deeper message that lies underneath. #Nailedit

 

Reviewed by Phoebe Cole

 


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Blue Elephant Theatre

 

Previously reviewed at this venue:
Sisyphus Distressing | ★★★★ | March 2018
Boxman | ★★★★ | July 2018
Alice: The Lost Chapter | ★★★★★ | October 2018
My Brother’s Drug | ★★★ | October 2018
Bost Uni Plues | ★★★★ | November 2018
Canary | ★★★½ | November 2018

 

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Bright Raven!

Bright Raven!

Bright Raven!

Blue Elephant  Theatre

Reviewed – 15th November 2018

“full of inspiration and integrity”

 

In support of Mission Life Force, an expanding movement of people concerned about preserving the Earth, Hoax Theatre offer a modest event to raise funds for and awareness of the important work done by the Earth Protectors Trust Fund. An opportunity to create material, try it out and get response, this scratch performance of Bright Raven! brings together three very different artists, who manage to link the idea of the raven and the cause of the environment in their separate ways.

Feeling as though one is being lead through an alternative therapy session by Hoax Theatre member, Flavia Bertram, a meditative visualisation helped by trance-like, electronic music, carries us through a fantastical journey and her transformation into Bright Raven. Once back in the here and now, she draws on us to participate in creating a group identity, tying into the introduction of the two guest acts. With Mahler wafting in the background, Michelle Madsen, founder and host of Hammer and Tongue – part of the slam poetry network – enacts her own poem about a girl who dreams of flying. A slightly offbeat mixture of imagination and reality, the characterisation and imagery are quirky and engaging.

Vanessa Hammick, co-founder of Croydon Bicycle Theatre ’17, uses her turn to endorse a new vision of cycling to improve health and save lives. More of a thoughtful chat with a comic slant, we warm to her humour and sincerity. Needing to draw the evening to an end somehow, Bertram uses her ‘impro’ style to encourage a final round of group healing.

The Blue Elephant Theatre have an open-minded and generous approach to encouraging artists of all genres to write, rehearse and perform, providing facilities and feedback. Not to be judged as a fully-fledged show, it is interesting to be part of this creative process for Bright Raven and Friends, which is full of inspiration and integrity, if not fully formed.

 

Reviewed by Joanna Hetherington

 


Bright Raven!

Blue Elephant Theatre

 

Previously reviewed at this venue:
Sisyphus Distressing | ★★★★ | March 2018
Boxman | ★★★★ | July 2018
Alice: The Lost Chapter | ★★★★★ | October 2018
My Brother’s Drug | ★★★ | October 2018
Bost Uni Plues | ★★★★ | November 2018
Canary | ★★★½ | November 2018

 

Click here to see more of our latest reviews on thespyinthestalls.com