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Standard:Elite (Hidden Track)

By | Published on Sunday 11 August 2019

A dice roll can send you rocketing up to the prestigious Elites, or leave you down with the grubby Standards. So begins ‘Standard:Elite’, setting its audience against each other from the get-go to tell the story of a boy from Highground and a girl from Lowground, where the twists and turns are decided upon by the Elites. Sophie MacKenzie and Elliot Hughes are our storytelling hosts, two charismatic performers who expertly keep things on the rails, themselves kept in check by a distinctly unsettling computerised voice. This absorbing tale offers many opportunities to get involved, though if you’d rather sit out and watch, you can. While its themes aren’t exactly subtle, they’re dissected and discussed with care and emotional intelligence.

Bedlam Theatre, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Jon Stapley]