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Heaven In Berlin At Testbed1, Battersea

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#1 sheff



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Posted 08 October 2013 - 04:23 PM

Heaven in Berlin at Testbed1 in Battersea. Its an epic piece in a spectacular space with some great performances and beautiful music. I really think it deserves to be seen.

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Book tickets here:


or you can pay £10 on the door on Sunday nights.

Find Testbed1 here:


And here are some nice things the press have said:

In an off-beat production that invites audiences to not only witness but also physically explore the narrative, Jamie Harper’s Heaven in Berlin by Ciaran McConville is a unique and creative experience that allows you to understand the oppression of mid-1980s Berlin

Ida Bonnast is magnificent, with the perfect combination of exuberance and emotion. She is charming and seductive yet brings tears to our eyes with the weight of her words. With intriguing controversial content and a talented live musician playing along to a musical score that truly fits the tone of the piece, the experience is surreal – like waking from a dream in contemplation of your faith.

- The Upcoming

Staged as a promenade performance in the cavernous old warehouse space of Testbed 1, Hobo Theatre create a dark and atmospheric environment. Effectively lit in a haze of smoke, the flaking paint, metal columns and industrial fittings of the warehouse space provided a very evocative setting for a play set in the oppressive atmosphere of the Eastern Bloc. The atmosphere was completed by the superb solo electric guitar playing of Ollie Pash, hauntingly melodic and completely complementing the staging. The audience moved easily and freely between the settings of the numerous short scenes and Jamie Harper’s direction made excellent use of the available space.

- The Public Reviews

The style of the production is absolutely beautiful and it is easy to become caught up in the world as you walk through this minimalistic, concrete room.  The lights and movement guide you so despite action taking place simultaneously throughout the space, it does not feel like you miss anything. The use of the room and its staging only emphasises the dreamlike quality of the piece.

The production is not just a serious peek behind the Iron Curtain – it is remarkably funny, the entire audience feels connected with each other and the very close actors. I was enthralled, enraptured, and mesmerized. I could not recommend a show more highly.

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