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That Is All You Need to Know (Idle Motion)

By | Published on Sunday 18 August 2013

Crossword solving speed seems odd screening for someone entrusted with saving thousands of lives; ‘Idle Motion’ fuse verbatim testimony and sensitive imaginings to present this and other thoughtful, enlightening insights into the Bletchley Park code-breakers. The show uses recordings of long-silenced memories, poignantly placing the ageing voices alongside their younger counterparts onstage. My sole criticism would be that the characters feel slightly distant; though this is to an extent inevitable, many of the workers honoured their code of silence to the grave, an emotional ending is muted as a result. That said, ‘Idle Motion’ are a ridiculously talented company who have that rare talent of being able to hurl their collective excitement, intelligence and innovation upwards and make brilliance land at their feet. Great stuff.

Zoo Southside, until 24 Aug (not 11, 18), 5.05pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Holly Sharp]