Following on from Pitchfork Disney in a double bill of Philip Ridley's works that Jamie Lloyd is directing at Shoreditch Town Hall, Killer (the playwright's most recent work) takes the audience on a journey, immersing them in stories of the speaker's initiation into a ruthless gang, a maid's austerely structured life and brief romance upturned by horrifying events, and a magical ostrich wreaking equal measure of miracle and havoc on the life of its owner, who is on the run from a murderer.
The performance is entirely immersive and surprisingly personal;
the use of binaural sound is breath-taking (literally), resulting in a captivated
audience frequently shaken by chills and frozen to the spot by the belief that the
speaker is inches away from their faces.
The acting is relentless with John Macmillan’s untiring
voice bringing his emotions to life – sometimes a little too
vividly. The narrative is equally menacing, yet each story has a
unique and well-executed comedic undercurrent, resulting in some much-needed
laugh-out-loud points – welcome breaks from the almost perpetual trepidation.
Combining near- (and often total) darkness, expertly
executed sound, and the involvement of the audience, Lloyd has
succeeded in creating a memorable immersive experience. The basement of
Shoreditch Town Hall provides an apt setting, but be warned: the gory narrative
leaves nothing to the imagination; it is not for the faint-hearted.
|What||Killer, Shoreditch Town Hall review|
|Where||Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, EC1V 9LT | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Old Street (underground)|
22 Feb 17 – 08 Apr 17, Times vary, Running time: 90 minutes
|Price||£22 - £25|
|Website||Click here for more information and tickets|