Posted 15 April 2010 - 10:13 AM
Posted 18 May 2010 - 08:01 AM
I loved the 'Bunker' bar at the interval, I think it shoud be a fixture even when there's no performance, unless it already is.
Posted 18 May 2010 - 10:34 AM
Posted 19 May 2010 - 11:18 AM
I think this is the same venue that Banksy's film about graffiti was playing at recently?
I didn't think much of the play itself. Maybe I have watched 28 Days Later too many times, as it seemed too close in story to the second half of that, but not as good. You could see what was coming in each scene a mile off. There was a scene that just jarred as annoying enviromentalist ranting that seemed particularly badly and lazily written to me, but I don't want to be too specific in case other people go see it. The lighting was very good though, I must say that. Some lovely fog effects just hanging there. And it was interesting seeing the actors' breath condensing in front of them when they spoke, made it look really cold where they were, and where the play was set, maybe it was. I was perfectly warm in my seat though.
Posted 19 May 2010 - 02:46 PM
Posted 19 May 2010 - 04:06 PM
The entrance for the particular arches in use for this show is at the southern corner of the whole station area, at the corner of Leake St and Station Approach on google maps. Indeed after the show they make you exit the venue into the arch that is now set aside for legalised grafitti.
Posted 19 May 2010 - 04:27 PM
Posted 19 May 2010 - 10:38 PM
Yes it was where the Banksy film was screened.
By the way, there I was getting all ready to bail out with what I assumed would be a final soliloquy in the Fringe forum, when suddenly - knock me down and call me Susan - there are other people and it's like an actual conversation, and everything. Who'd have thunk.
Posted 08 June 2010 - 12:00 PM
The atmosphere is great down there. There's the urge to keep one's voice down, in case your idle chatter echoes around the tunnels, which sets the scene for the play well. The bar, as others have said, is a nice addition to a well thought-out space.
The play had some great moments, I thought, and shows great promise. Perhaps some of the plot devices were a little obvious, and agreed there were a few moments where I thought the characters were spouting an ideology of the author for the sake of it, but on the whole this was a good solid piece of work. Helped by some terrific performances mainly from actors I hadn't come across before (other than Danny Webb). The rumbling of trains overhead only added to the experience for me, although there were times when I wasn't sure whether it was a train or a sound effect!
I would love to see a Lear or a Macbeth in this space. Perhaps even a good Greek tragedy - Medea, perhaps? Or, for that matter, how about a thriller? Deathtrap, perhaps?
Posted 09 June 2010 - 02:29 PM
I'm seeing this in a couple of weeks, so thanks for the heads-up on the venue. I'll take a jumper! What does the entrance look like? Did you try to find the place using the info from the Old Vic site? How much time do I need to allow to find it?!
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