‘Vibrant, clever & amusing’: WOW EVERYTHING IS AMAZING – Touring ★★★★

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Touring – reviewed at Battersea Arts Centre, London

Youth theatre group Sounds Like Chaos imagines the digital world 50 years in the future, presenting the vision as a pseudo-church service where citizens worship at the altar of the internet.

To one side is a congregation, dressed in jumpsuits complete with the logos of digital companies. On the other is a ‘choir’ wearing a futuristic version of the traditional chorister robes.

They worship and offer praise to ‘Godhead’ who glides up the aisle on a self-balancing scooter (hoverboard) on a promise to ‘be here for you’.

The backdrop of the ‘alter’ is a huge screen onto which there are projections of a futuristic world together with some more familiar images.

Cleverly devised by the group phrases like ‘agree and proceed’ become refrains. The choir rap about binary code and the launch of the internet and the congregation break into euphoric dance routines.

‘Lessons’ recall life before the digital revolution – the ‘horror’ of having one landline at home, dial-up internet speeds and having to physically write letters. Faith in the digital religion means when you ‘lose everything’ you can just look to the cloud to have it ‘restored’. Data is currency, how you pay for having everything free and Godhead knowing just what you need.

While the raps, music and dance bring a celebratory, uplifting feel there are hints at the price of all this and how perhaps the ‘freedom’ isn’t quite as it appears.

Vibrant, clever and amusing this is an entertaining piece, confidently performed and imaginatively staged and I’m giving it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

Wow Everything Is Amazing is 60 minutes long and is at Battersea Arts Centre until April 12, then tours to:

The Albany, London 16-18 April

New Diorama, London 24 June

HOME, Manchester 29 June

Tobacco Factory, Bristol 30 June

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Revstan really is a reverend (it's amazing what you can buy on the internet) but not a man (the Stan bit is a long story). By day, she is a freelance editor and copywriter; at night, she escapes into the world of theatre and has been blogging about it at theatre.revstan.com since 2007. She says: “I'll watch pretty much anything, from something performed on a stage the size of a tea tray to the West End and beyond. The only exception is musicals. Tried 'em and they just don't do anything positive for me.”

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