I see that Shunt's new show starts on September 9th. http://www.shuntevents.freeuk.com I urge all of you to make an effort to see this show, if it's anything like previous productions, it will be well worth the effort.
- I have no connection with these people.
Both the venue and the performers sound interesting...
>A door leads from the commuter hall of London Bridge station to a vast labyrinth beneath. This is the new home to Shunt, an artists' collective whose Dance Bear Dance won last year's Time Out Live Award. From September, the door will open each Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening for their new show Tropicana, on one of the most exciting and unsettling spaces in London.
>â€˜Many of us at the National saw Shunt's last show, Dance Bear Dance, under some railway arches in Bethnal Green. We loved it, maybe because they make the kind of theatre we never make. It was strange, wild, beautiful and funny, and it conjured astonishing things out of the darkness'
Nicholas Hytner, Director of the National
>No seating is allocated for this show. Tropicana involves some walking, standing and sitting for the audience. The show is not suitable for the under 12s. The venue is dusty, please wear suitable clothes.
>The Shunt Vaults, Joiner Street, London SE1
The entrance is opposite the main exit of London Bridge underground station. Joiner Street is a pedestrian tunnel within the station complex.
Doors open 8.30pm, last entry 9pm (latecomers will not be admitted).
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"That split second ... was instructive, bringing home to me just how shallow is the psychological impact of this imagery. It's an adolescent's view of the Underworld, with chorus girls embodying its pimply idea of transgression by performing the splits and slinky trapeze acts over a coffin to the pounding of an electric guitar. The humour would shame an undergraduate revue"
I saw the show last night and it was an amazing experience. I am glad I didn't read the reviews until this morning, because they would have really tainted the experience for me. I went in with no background about Shunt or what they do, and was treated to a stimulation of all my senses. It scared me, made me laugh, and most importantly think.
The reviewers in the Guardian and Independant need to try taking themselves a little less seriously and just open up to the experience. Anyone who is looking for a unique experience should go (lastminute.com has £10 seats). I loved it.