I really loved the festival, and even if every performance may not have been as much as it could have been, I really felt that I had been down the rabbit hole for 3 hours in a way that you rarely get in a normal perfomance. Ontroerend Goed's A Game Of You was so clever, and really made the player (you) think about themselves and others. First Person Plural by Step off the Stage was really good fun, though being a stalker was almost as unsettling as being stalked I think.
Brilliant - there should be more interactive theatre experiences like this - Jess Brown
17 Jul 10
Brilliant concept for a festival. Great festival atmosphere for a start - performers, staff and volunteers running around all over the place, felt quite left out being a mere paying punter.
But the advantage of being a paying punter is being able to see all the shows. "Through the Wardrobe" was too hurried - I would have liked double the time in the space and time to explore a bit. The thrill of waiting for the knock and going through the door for the first time wasn't quite maintained throughout. "You Me Nothing" is one of those installations where you just need to let your imagination run free. I managed to free my mind - with an effort - and ended up working myself up into a state where I was too nervous to do the most obvious thing you would do in the situation. I left happy. "Internal" was worth the hype. Spending ten minutes with a person whose face you have wondered about for three years is pretty special; having seen "The Smile Off Your Face" in 2007, I was lucky enough that my date for the evening (well, show) was that girl. They manage to tap into your on vulnerabilities in minutes, and create a magic illusion of special bonds and connections. It's the same illusion that prostitution is built on. "Drag Mountain" was lightweight but minor fun, after which I managed to get my hands on entry to several more shows. A quick dash out to the pub to check the World Cup score, then dash back to see "A Little Bit Of A Beautiful Thing" which was very sweet. The heavy hitters came last: "Rendez-Vous", which really opens up your fears although it might not be what you expect; and "Rotating In A Room Of Images" which was downright creepy and utterly brilliant. - Eoghan O'Neill
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