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Review – Auditory Hallucinations

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Robbie Gordon with Michael Collins in Auditory Hallucinations. Photo © Creative Electric

Robbie Gordon with Michael Collins in Auditory Hallucinations. Photo © Creative Electric

Bongo Club
Tue 30/Wed 1, Sat 4 May and tour
Review by Thom Dibdin

Feel free to play with the actors – but please don’t hurt them…” The usher handing out headphones to her audience is quite clear about the rules.

Immersive theatre is one thing. You buy into the idea that you are part of the scenery, however passively, and that you will be moved around the performance space. Immersive companies with any credibility view their ushers as performers.

But the open possibilities of this particular instruction are almost too numerous to contemplate. The brain, already honing itself to face the unknown events of an interactive performance, quickly … Continue reading Review – Auditory Hallucinations

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Theatre review – Beating Berlusconi!

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Paul Duckworth as Kenny Noonan

Bongo Club

By Thom Dibdin

There’s a real celebratory vibe down at the Bongo Club just now, as John Davies’ “play of two halves”, Beating Berlusconi! plays for two nights only.

Football, working class politics, comedy, theatre and a great long shaggy dog story all combine to create a great night out. And the best of all is that even though the majority of Davies’ sparkling script is woven from the shared fabric of life in Liverpool over the last 30 odd years, at its heart, in the bit where the show really sticks one up to the bosses, lies a true story. … Continue reading Theatre review – Beating Berlusconi!