Theatre Souk

This event has now finished. Until Oct 16 2010

© Timothy Stubbs Hughes

Time Out says  

Posted: Wed Sep 29 2010

Anyone languishing for the festival season, fear not: pop-up theatre gurus Delicatessen are at hand. They've gutted the cavernous abandoned Uzbekistan Airways building in W1 and mounted a madcap theatre market in every nook and cranny. After a £7 entry fee, you barter for your dramatic pleasures - there are 12 wildly different shows to choose from, whose collective theme is money.

In a candlelit cupboard lined with mirrors, sage, slightly strange financial advice issues from a lady with delicate fingers. In another, performance artists HalfCut offer punters the chance to depilate an effete, extremely kindly model, with clippers or wax, anywhere on his body. The more pain you inflict, the higher the price you pay. Elsewhere you might roll the dice in the Chekhov Casino for a selection of 'Seagull' scenes, or play a hand of puppet poker. Some shows, like Juliane Von Sivers' 'Uzbekistan Airways', are rich experiences let down by dialogue. Others, like 'Soft Armour', which casts its audience as medical students in a morgue, lose their way. But there are gems to uncover.

Curving Road's superb, eerie staging of a scene from Laura Wade's 2005 hotel thriller, 'Breathing Corpses', is a flawless meeting of space and subject matter. And Natural Shocks make the best use imaginable of an art-deco stairwell with their dazzlingly playful aerial show. There's more to explore than is possible in one night. But choose wisely and haggle hard, and it ends up very rewarding.

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Theatre Delicatessen

3-4 Picton Place, W1U 1BJ

Transport Bond Street 


020 3287 3295

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