It’s been a long time since my last theatre review. Over 15 weeks, to be exact, which is the longest I’ve gone without stepping foot in a theatre auditorium – and writing about it – for two years at least.
Of course, I’ve been watching some online theatre while we’ve been in lockdown – the offering has been amazing! However, I’ve just found it hard to find the motivation, time, and inspiration to write about any of it.
In some ways, it’s been nice to take a little break; but in others, it very much feels as though part of me has gone missing, and I don’t know where to find it again.
This changed last night, however, when I found myself on a very unusual Zoom call. One like no other.
My partner told me just hours beforehand that I would be participating in an immersive theatre experience that evening. When it transpired it may involve audience participation, I was mildly terrified, but I had absolutely no reason to be.
What followed was my favourite lockdown theatre experience yet.
The show in question is New Diorama Theatre’s work_from_home – an immersive show hosted entirely on Zoom and performed by the people in the call.
I loved it so much, I got my mojo back and immediately sat down to voluntarily review it for Broadway World UK (this was totally unplanned; I’d attended as an audience member, not as a reviewer).
Here’s an extract:
“We’re asked to voice feelings and sentiments as characters that we may well be experiencing ourselves, which begs the question of how much we are really acting at all. The team behind work_from_home breach the boundaries of screens and offer real humanness to the slightly isolating experience of working from home and social distancing.”
This show is only happening three more times before 3 July, and tickets are going fast; I really recommend you snap one up for yourself to be part of a really unique theatrical experience.
The future of culture in our country is uncertain and unstable – it’s shows and ideas like this which prove we need to fight to save this important and adaptable vehicle of storytelling
If you’re working from home at the moment, like I am, I can reassure you that this is one Zoom meeting you have no need to dread.