In our continuing series, our editor Lisa Martland picks out some of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (to 17 November 2019) including Ian Foster’s delight at the arrival of Mary Poppins to its original West End home.
‘Opens up very real debates’: CRISIS? WHAT CRISIS – Colab Factory ★★★★
Parabolic Theatre‘s insightful and thought-provoking, immersive, political-inspired production of Crisis? What Crisis effectively sweeps the audience back to 1979.
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‘Keeps everyone on their toes’: THE SWELL MOB – Colab Factory ★★★★
Atmospheric and filled with fantastic details, Flabbergast Theatre’s production of The Swell Mob is successfully entertaining.
‘Places the audience into the heart of wartime operations’: ILLICIT SIGNALS BLETCLEY – CoLab Factory ★★★★
Written and directed by Christopher Styles, Illicit Signals Bletchley is an immersive, theatrical experience that places the audience into the heart of wartime operations.
‘Truly involving & interactive storytelling’: FOR KING & COUNTRY – Colab Factory
Colab Factory excels at providing unconventional and immersive theatre experiences and For King and Country is no different.
‘Every bit as good the second time around’: FOR KING & COUNTRY – Colab Factory ★★★★★
I was thrilled to find that going back to For King and Country was just as rewarding as visiting for the first time. What was particularly interesting was how challenging it was to revisit the moral dilemmas the play presents you with.
‘Immersive theatre at its best’: Hidden Figures – Colab Factory ★★★★★
Hidden Figures makes an important point about the contribution to the war effort made from across the commonwealth, and by those more often shunned by society. But it does so subtly and in ways that enhance rather than distract from the central drama.
‘I’m very confident it will return’: KEEP CALM & CARRY ON – Colab Factory
I’ve never been to an immersive production that brings the audience into the drama quite as much as Keep Calm and Carry On.