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Follow me on Twitter at MarkFFisher, WriteAboutTheat and LimelightXTC I am a freelance journalist and critic specialising in theatre and the arts. Publications I write for include the Guardian and the Scotsman. I am the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide: how to make your show a success and How to Write About Theatre: A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers. I am also editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls: A Limelight Anthology. From 2000-2003, I was the editor of The List magazine, Glasgow and Edinburgh's arts and events guide.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

101, theatre revie

101

Group hugs, cult chants and it's all your fault ++++=
Back with three new immersive scenarios after causing a stir last year, the 101 team show just how compelling theatre can be with the most elementary of resources. No special effects, no set, scarcely anything you'd call a costume and yet the young company does a thoroughly persuasive job in commandeering your imagination.
In the 11am scenario, you are co-opted into a primitive religious sect, pagan chants, ritualistic gestures and all. There is a good deal of cultish hugging and call-and-response liturgy as you await the coming of a living goddess, a figure of terror or liberation depending on the depth of your faith.
By the time the show mutates into a *3Beauty and the Beast*2-style myth, you realise you have been a participant in a morality tale with a bitter and unhappy ending.
You could make a case for the show being about the perils of group thinking or the hazards of blind faith. You could make an equal case for it being a load of made-up tosh. What you can't dispute is the utterly absorbing and intense nature of a thrilling performance. (Mark Fisher)
C Soco, 0845 260 1234, until 21 Aug, times vary, £7.50–£9.50 (£6.50–£8.50).

© Mark Fisher 2011

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