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Work.txt (Nathan Ellis)

By | Published on Thursday 11 August 2022

I go to the Edinburgh Fringe to have fun, not work, but I’ll make an exception for this. Work.txt is very much an ‘experiential’ event, as it features no actors and its premise is entirely focused on audience participation. In a way, it really demonstrates how important the work of the backstage crews are, as it depends a lot on the music and lighting, as well as the small number of props. The premise is to look at working life in contemporary society, but I won’t elaborate much further: to optimise the experience it’s probably best to go in blind, as the impact is in not knowing what is about to happen. At times it gets side-tracked – the overarching theme and story is there, but it needs a stronger presence. Nevertheless, this is a further step in the movement of experience-driven theatre and it’s exciting to see.

Summerhall, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andrew Melrose]