Loved it, ignore reviews by lazy audience members. Cold? Should have brought a coat - Me and my friends did and were fine. Couldn't see? Probably move then, that was the whole point...
Fantastic venue and wonderful twist. - Layla
24 Aug 10
What was with those terrible movement sequences, scrap them! - Terrible
06 Apr 10
Saw the evening production last week of 'Your Nation loves You' and after looking on the website and doing a bit of research before I went, I was very excited about the production. What a let down.
There did not seem to be much of a story line with many of the audience members looking bored, to the point were 6 of them walked out only half an hour in. The audience management is terrible, with about 40% of the audience unable to see the action in ecah scene. I also found the set to be quite shabby and unrealitic, especially in contrast to the very high-tech website. it just felt that the designer had a vision which unfortunatley could not be created due to budgeting problems.
I was extremely bored by about 20 minutes in, and I stringly belive that it is the job of the director.actors to try and grab your attention in those first few minutes.
I would strongly advice people not to see this production, you will leave feeling bored and having wasted an evening, you will also be exteremly cold!
Maybe next time... - Dissapointed
06 Apr 10
Oh God, it's awful and I haven't the will to go into any more detail. Just 2 hrs of awful. - Want2hrsofmylifeback
02 Apr 10
I applaud the effort and the choice of location, but I wasn't impressed by the production. There are some good performances (and some over-earnest performances), but I became tired of being shepherded around (and yes, the accompanying music seemed odd) and, at the end, there's a line about "being bored" and I rememember a couple of audience members giggling in sympathy. It dragged, I looked at my watch, I wanted it to be over. In one of the final scenes, two of the male members of the cast seemed to be having an elaborate arm wrestle-cum-balletic fight over a clock radio. I tried to put my finger on what didn't work in this show and it's this: it lacked a sense of excitement or danger. Punchdrunk's 'Faust' set the standard, perhaps too high, for promenade performances - and I loved the way that we could join the crowd or wander around on our own and lose their way. Delirium lost their way with this show so, when they explore new ways of working, could they consider the Faust route? - Andrew B
01 Apr 10
This is the inaugural production (if you donít count Punchdrunkís secret and impossible to get into Tunnel 228) in the Old Vic Tunnels under Waterloo Station. The space is extraordinarily and makes the London Bridge equivalent seem like a plush theatre! If you go there, however many layers of clothing you plan to wear add another one or two; itís very damp and seems colder than it is outside. Itís a promenade production and for once you donít feel herded by marshalls destroying the effect. Twelve people are detained for reasons we (and they) donít really understand. Supplies had been sent down but have now dried up. There is no way out. Two factions have learned to co-exist until they clash over a seemingly useless answer phone. Though overlong at 1 hour 45 mins, it held my attention and even though the story is not explicit, that didnít seem to matter. Iím not sure it always worked when it steered into Ďmovementí accompanied by music though. There is a sound scape, in addition to the relentless thunder of trains above your head which make the tunnels themselves vibrate, which is key to the production. There are some fine performances, particularly from Christopher Tajah. If you prepare for the discomfort, the atmosphere of the venue adds much to the experience. This is a very welcome space for experimental work and a very creditable first shot. Well done Delirium and well done Old Vic! - Gareth James
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