Last night I gingerly ventured to North Greenwich to see Shunt’s latest production ‘The Boy Who Climbed Out Of His Face’. I was a tad nervous after reading our theatre editor Andrzej Lukowski’s review where he says ‘at least two sections are actively terrifying, and there’s a concerted effort to make things feel as awkward for the audience as possible.’ If you also read that review and got the fear, fret not. I enjoyed it and survived to tell the tale*. Here are five reasons to part with a tenner and go see it before it closes at the end of September.
There’s a great view
I don’t know about you but I don’t often feel like I’ve seen a ‘new’ view of London. But out on The Jetty in the middle of the Thames gazing at the fairy light cable cars, glowing Thames Barrier and illuminated O2 Arena, it all feels quite novel and like a special treat.
You don’t have to engage – too much
Don’t worry immersive theatre newbies, unlike You Me Bum Bum Train, you won’t really be expected to chat back to the actors or take centre stage. Having said that, a few people are picked on so hover near the back if you don’t want to get caught out.
You have to take your shoes off
If you have a foot phobia/fetish, be warned, at the start you will be asked to remove your shoes AND socks. It is rather unnerving but that’s the whole point. You won’t tread in anything gross and you can keep tights on, although the last scene was rather wet on my visit so you could end up with soggy stockings.
Although it’s billed as 45 minutes, it’s only around half an hour. It did feel slightly like it finished just as it was warming up, but you can extend the show by lingering in the last scene which was my favourite. And as it’s only £10, you can’t complain about the length as you’ll get your money’s worth.
You can make a night of it
The performance won’t take up your whole evening but the bar space is nice, food is good and the atmosphere is chilled. Get there before your allotted slot for some dinner and drinks or stick around after for a laze in a hammock.
Book tickets and read our review of ‘The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face‘.
*Having said that, maybe do give it a miss if you’re afraid of the dark…
By Sonya Barber