Finally got around to seeing something by the ultra-trendy group Shunt: Money. Very loosely based on the novel L'Argent by Zola: having Wikipedia'd it I was able to see a few references. However what plot there is is so vague you're probably best off thinking of it an absurdist spectacle.
As an experience though, it's hugely impressive. They've set up a three-storey set in an abandoned warehouse, with perspex ceilings and floors. So as the audience are promenaded around you get to see action in all directions, above and below as well as in the same room.
It's also deliberately disorienting: you start off with a total blackout and loud industrial noises, to create a kind of sensory deprivation.
After that there's a kind of Kafkaesque farce in an panelled waiting room, then disjointed scenes from the rise and fall of a company in a stock market bubble. It's very funny at times, with text on the screens providing a counterpoint to the actions.
Overall, worth going to for the experience, providing your not easily annoyed when things don't make sense.
Plays are mostly pretty solid. My favourite was "The Experiment", This was the most low-key of the set: just a monologue by immaculately-suited Mark Ravenhill, where he tells the story of a horrible experiment, constantly shifting the facts to try to cast himself in the best light.
"Psychogeography" by Lucy Kirkwood had a dysfunctional middle-class couple inspecting the house of a former killer: good performances and acute observation.
"Twisted" by Anthony Neilson was a nicely twisty two-hander with a psychologist interviewing a killer for potential release.
The last one was "Some White Chick" by Neil LaBute. Mixed feelings about that. Started off very well, with a couple of kidnappers creepily indifferent to their bruised and terrorized captive. However it didn't really seem to anywhere beyond ineffective attempts at gross-out: really needed a twist.
The evening also has some cabaret: including a hilarious music-hall song about self-harming.
Overall, I thought it was a good evening. Seemed like good value: four plays for thirteen quid. R was bored and disappointed though: was hoping for much more spectacular gore.
London. "Sling him under a train". Fare rises announced: good to see drivers aren't getting away free after all. Still reckon it's a great idea to scrap a load of perfectly functional bendy buses and buy expensive replacements? Repeat: Why buses should be free.
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