If there were a competition for plays staged in intriguing venues, the new show from brilliantly left-field theatre and arts collective Shunt would probably win hands down.
The madly-titled ‘The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face’ happens in the middle of the Thames on a former coaling jetty in Greenwich. It’s the first piece to be performed on The Jetty – a temporary platform that’s being used specifically for immersive performances. On it, Shunt have created an ‘industrial pavilion’ from shipping containers in which their new show takes place.
We’ve come to expect the unexpected from Shunt and even we have very little specifics on ‘The Boy Who…’ But according to pre-show blurb it will be a ‘disorientating multi-sensory event’, inspired by Charles Kingsley’s ‘Water Babies’ and Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’ where 30 people go in every ten minutes and are ‘spat out 45 minutes later’. Oh, and audiences have to be barefoot.
Judging by Shunt’s previous works (‘Money’ in 2009, ‘The Architects’ in 2012 and the Shunt Lounge in the vaults under London Bridge station) it could be anything from sublime to baffling to thought provoking to entirely wacky. Or a heady mix of all of that.
Unlike some recent theatre ‘experiences’ though, the tickets are nice and affordable at only £10. So what with The Jetty’s pop up bar and food venue and the undoubtedly excellent London river views, with this one, you can’t really lose.
‘The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face’ is at The Jetty Aug 14–Sept 28. Get exclusive tickets now.
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