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In Control (Aireborne Theatre Leeds)

By | Published on Tuesday 5 August 2014

At first, this seems like a great concept: present a horror movie scenario, but remove the safety net of watching on a screen. By making it live, the audience will feel at risk. Uneasy. Complicit. In practice, though, the opposite is true; theatre is every bit as artificial a construction as movies, with a far longer pedigree. This means the audience are always acutely aware that we are watching drama. The limits of practical effects, and some unfortunately poor performances from the victims, only exacerbate this, further diluting any potential shock or discomfort. When your play includes several minutes of nothing but three actors crying, they need to cry convincingly. And unfortunately, they don’t.

Paradise in the Vault, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Andrew Leask]