The Time Out
Time Out says
Friendly warning! We're working hard to be accurate. But these are unusual times, so please check that events are still happening.
It's half time in a water polo match and you and your teammates have nine minutes and 39 seconds before you return to the pool.
Or not: in reality this latest show from interactive theatre gurus Non Zero One involves spending one hour getting up close and personal with 11 strangers in a chlorine-stinking locker room. As you sit tightly packed on the benches, coach Ken (the only actor you'll meet) launches into a motivational pep talk, only to be interrupted by a soothing commentary transmitted via your swimming-cap headphones.
A disembodied voice then guides you through a series of motivational 'exercises'. If you are averse to touching strangers, speaking in public or engaging in intense eye contact, look away now. This is part group therapy, part team-bonding session, part interactive theatre: group dynamics are tested, personal decisions made and secrets revealed.
Not only does 'The Time Out' warm you up physically, but also emotionally. Before you know it, you genuinely feel more relaxed with the people around you as you bond through the collective novelty of these experiences.
Non Zero One have succeeded in creating an engaging immersive piece, that paradoxically never lets you forget that you are part of a performance, and might actually teach you something about yourself. At the very least, you'll learn something about water polo.