See London with fresh eyes with this gloriously weird outdoor show
'Monument' has been renamed 'Wiretapper'.
Average User Rating
3.6 / 5
- 5 star:9
- 4 star:11
- 3 star:9
- 2 star:3
- 1 star:2
It's not often I can genuinely say I've had a unique experience and seen something truly new - This week I got to use my Apple watch to pay for a coffee in my local coffee shop and then last night I was involved in a mass aural promenade theatre event. When I first arrived at our location I wasn't aware who was audience or who were regular londoners going about their everyday lives. The App kicked in and immediately I started to question what was real and what wasn't. It was only when we were instructed to head to a second destination that it became apparent that there were about 150 other people taking part in this experience. The show makes you question yourselves in a really interesting way and there are so many moments throughout the hour that are just magical. Yes there isnt much of a story but thats not what it's about. This is about the experience itself and you wont have experienced anything like it. GO GO GO
The general concept of this event was brilliant, moving through the streets of London as a loosely connected crowd was exciting and novel however I just felt like there was no storyline or character development, the last 15 minutes felt a bit pointless and the ending was a massive anticlimax. Far more impressive were the sound effects and novelty factor so worth a go for that and quite entertaining in parts of the weather is nice.
Didn't know what to expect when I experienced "Monument" the software is easy to use and appeals to the romantic notion that you are witnessing something rather unique. I love the secrecy element too.. rather Mission impossible! I went with a hand full of friends and we all found something different from it. Well worth the ticket price. Go and go soon!!!
A different and highly recommended theatre experience. You don't really need to fully understand the story to appreciate it. The Wiretapper app worked well and the audio is extremely clever and you soon forget what is real and what is not. Great fun to see the bemused look on the bystanders faces. Do go and see- great entertainment for a very reasonable cost.
Potentially this could have been brilliant but unfortunately it disappointed. The idea is very original but this show could have been much more intelligent and creative. I went away feeling completely ripped off. What exactly did I just pay for? And how can the people behind this show justify taking £11.50 from people as apart from a few actors that don't really do much, and recording an audio track, they haven't paid for anything! Probably the best money making gimmick ever invented and I only wish I'd thought of it first! For the same money do yourself a favour and go see the Heartbreak Hotel.
WOW. I can honestly say I've never experienced anything like this before. The sound quality was exceptional and the sense of being 'other' in both form and content really changed my perspective on both immersive theatre and the city around me. It's worth it just for the looks on the faces of the general public! I'm excited for the future of Wiretapper as a platform - so much potential. I feel like I'll be able to look back in years to come and say, "I was there for the very first one!"
Do not want to give too much away as that, the suprise, is some of the beauty of this production – but what I can say is – that from the first minute, my heart was pounding. I experienced –Heard? Saw?Listened? To London in a refreshingly new dimension due to the fusion of both the Wiretapper app and Shunt’s theatrical composition.
The show keeps you on your toes – literally, as you pass through what might even be someone’s normal commute (the set is London itself!), but is then reimagined. Reimagined is a good word to describe the piece – the normative and the beautiful in London is experienced in a new way.
An awesome piece of experiential theatre – Shunt along with the Wiretapper app once again blur the lines between spectator and performer to an inspiring degree! Rad!
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I really REALLY enjoyed the whole experience. The first 15 minutes I had my heart in my mouth and was genuinely nervous that we would be discovered! The composers / sound designers have done an amazing job of the show and it is worth going just for that! Clever idea and personally i liked that the idea and basic storyline just flowed from one idea to another without needing to tidy everything up at the end. Just like real life! I highly recommend it to everyone who lives in London! “Try to look inconspicuous”
Be aware that if the technical system doesn't work on the night there's no one to help you. My audio instructions did not download properly and despite three emails requesting help I got a reply one and a half hours after the event had finished. Left high and dry. Not impressed.
What a waste of money....
They had such a nice idea but they did nothing with it. No plot! Disappointing end!
Monument was a really unique experience. It's hard not to ruin it - the appeal is all in the specifics, but knowing the specifics beforehand would spoil the surprises in store. All you need to know about this one is that you're in a real-world environment, witnessing...stuff. The glue that holds it all together is audio delivered via smartphone app, and it's brilliantly executed. The sound is amazing, and they do a great job of setting the scene. What held it back from being really good or great to me was the dramatic content, which is basically non-existent. There are a lot of concepts thrown at you, but it's not cohesive, or to any particular end. If the novelty alone is enough to get you curious though, it's definitely worth checking out.
We enjoyed it. Given a public place and a time to meet with instructions to download an app on to your smartphone, we spent the 10 minute countdown to 'show start' trying to suss out who else was here for the performance and who was just hanging around with headphones on. It only becomes apparent who's in on it, when you're told to move on to another location and suddenly half the crowd turn and walk as one, in one direction. And that's the pleasure of it – it's a bit flash-mobby. So those on the 'outside', just members of the public, quickly become aware something's going on, but what? Some of the reactions are excellent. The story's not much, the audio is excellent and clever one-liners and sound effects keep you interested and amused. It lasts 50 minutes in total and you spend another 10 minutes after that coming back to reality. Go, go, go – what else you gonna do?
I went not knowing what to expect and really enjoyed this piece of "immersive theatre". I've seen Shunt productions before and enjoyed how they draw you into their altered reality. This time they subtly insinuate into ours, gently encouraging us to question what is really happening in a very public place which we all think we know. Nuanced sound design. Funny too. I walked away feeling like the theatre continues...
Monument kicks off with a totally inspired opening sequence and then continues to confound as we are transported around sites in Central London. Soon enough you begin to wonder who, like you, is watching (only those with over ear headphones are clearly audience), and who is performing - members of the public become unknowing members of the cast (those that understand they are unwittingly a part of something going on get the bigger parts.) Brilliant concept wonderfully played out. It felt exciting to be part of something genuinely new.