You Me Bum Bum Train
Types of venues , Theatre
Until Wed Sep 19 2012
© Hugo Glendinning
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Time Out says
Thu Jul 26 2012
This is the eighth time the Bum Bum Train has pulled into London and the show's format has remained largely unchanged: each audience member is taken on their own immersive, interactive ride, stopping off at a series of disconnected scenes manned by a cast of some 200 volunteers.
It's proven such a success that this Barbican-backed run of the show sold out in minutes, leaving a rumoured 14,000 unlucky punters wondering what creators Kate Bond and Morgan Lloyd have concocted this time.
As ever, we're sworn strictly to secrecy on that point (the experience relies entirely on surprise), but it's fair to say the dizzying array of staccato tableaux you're thrust into are astonishing in both their realism and their logistics. And, contrary to common criticism, they're about more than just spectacle.
Sure, the surface is all exhilaration and adventure, but beneath that, the show affords an extraordinary chance to experience life as someone else and encounter situations you never imagined you'd face. It challenges your creativity, confidence and courage; allows the timid to find a voice, and extroverts to revel before a captive audience; and, perhaps more subtly, it prods at notions of control and trust. It's a very special 45 minutes indeed: eye-opening, magical, memorable and utterly unique.
Theatre. Off-West End. Experimental theatre. Sport and fitness. Street sports. Rollerblading and inline skating
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