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Working Title – The Orpheus Project (Nomanstime Automatics)

By | Published on Friday 8 August 2014

If you’ve never read ‘1984,’ or seen Terry Gilliam’s ‘Brazil,’ you could have a worse introduction to dystopian sci-fi than this. Loosely based on the myth of Orpheus, the plot features all the genre’s touchstones. There’s a fascist surveillance state, an underground resistance, and an office drone yearning for intimacy, all depicted by two versatile actors. It throws together performance styles, too, combining multimedia, melodrama, chirpy storytelling and some stylishly sinuous choreography. There’s a lot going on, and it feels like the company couldn’t choose between their influences and decided to use everything. That said, its high energy and sense of fun keep the audience engaged throughout. With a little work, this interesting project will definitely reach its potential.

C too, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Dave Fargnoli]