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The Desire Machine: an underground performance in the Thames tunnel

Isabelle Aron

Since the weather has taken a bit of a turn for the worse, we’ve got a good excuse for you to spend an evening underground – and no, it doesn’t involve riding the Northern line back and forth. Although The Desire Machine sounds like some kind of terrifying sex toy, it's actually the new performance installation from east London collective Arbonauts. It's part peepshow, part installation and they're taking it ten metres underground to the Brunel tunnel shaft in Rotherhithe. Described as a '360 degree experience' where audiences are taken on a hallucinatory journey, it sounds baffling and intriguing, but at least being underground means you can ignore the fact that it's pissing it down in July.

The Desire Machine is at the Brunel Tunnel Shaft, Rotherhithe, SE16 4LF. July 14–25. Tickets £15-25.

Fancy something with a bit more natural light? Take a look at the best open-air theatre shows in London.

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