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Fancy something a bit different from the norm? Something immersive, or something taking place in a caravan perhaps? Here you’ll find reviews of some of the most interesting and unique shows that we’ve seen.

Suicide at Vine House, 52 Romney Street – Review

Credit: Rosanna Mallinson

Pros: An alternative night out, in a house that’s a real treat for Grand Designs fantasists Cons: Far too long to support the story line presented I have never attended an immersive theatre show that lasted much longer than an hour. I believe there is a reason for this; a time limit creates stakes. Unfortunately, Suicide at Vine House clocks in at over two and a half hours and by the end of the show my enthusiasm was waning. Furnished with an address and ...

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The Fall, Acklam Village Market – Review

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Pros: Gorgeous visuals, fascinating live score, welcoming atmosphere Cons: Time constraints made some episodes of the story hard to follow Tucked right at the top of Portobello Road under the Westway flyover, Acklam Village Market isn’t the easiest place to find if you’ve not been there before. But once you do, it’s worth the trek – a red iron gate opens rabbithole-like into a bustling wonderland of streetfood stalls packing up for the night, theatre-goers arriving and a warm welcome ...

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Only Bones, Soho Theatre – Review

Credit: Everything Theatre

Pros: A meticulously choreographed piece of art. Excellently executed and magically mesmerising. Cons: On paper, perhaps not everybody’s cup of tea. Approach with an open mind. Thom Monckton and Gemma Tweedie created Only Bones in an empty aircraft hangar in Paris. The handout given to each audience member describes a bizarre creative environment; freezing cold and with constant harassment from goats. One of the pleasures of the piece is that it is clearly a creation born from painstaking care, love, and ...

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