The parents of young interactive theatre company Non Zero One must be indecently proud of their offspring. In little more than a year, they've had a show at the Barbican ('Would Like to Meet') and the final production at the old Bush Theatre ('This is Where We Got to When You Came In'), and now their latest piece is in – or, rather, on – the National Theatre.
Some of their previous work has been a little sterile: slick, site-responsive headphone tours without much of a human touch. But last year's Edinburgh piece 'The Time Out' was a great improvement, and this is better still.
A simple, gently profound show, 'You'll See…' marks a shift to a communal approach. The company and 20-strong audience sit at a large, round Perspex table on the top deck of the NT (poncho and blankets provided), to discuss the idea of a 'moment' in time – they're about three seconds long, apparently – and how we can hold on to one. In essence, the goal is for us to remember the show.
It's a friendly, undemanding piece that asks only that we take a proper look at the world around us and inside us, with whimsical exercises and tech-enhanced memory games culminating in a small, unexpected coup de théâtre that allows us to drink in the entire panorama. It's not challenging, but it is effective and strangely moving, as well as a relative bargain: the £10 ticket price pans out at comfortably less than a penny per moment.
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