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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.

The Idiot Brain, Dome Studio (Brighton Festival) – Review

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Pros: Interesting discussion, led by smart, funny presenters Cons: More of a book promotion than a performance The Idiot Brain is billed as a light-hearted look at the psychology of superstition, the neuroscience of sleep, how tall people are more intelligent, and why a glass of wine might improve our memory. I anticipated a performed approach to the subject not unlike that in Ruby Wax’s ongoing tour Sane New World. A serious subject, approached in an engaging and intelligent way, but ...

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How to Solve a Problem Like Murder, Paradise by Way of Kensal Green

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Pros: A well-developed and engaging murder mystery experience in a great venue. With dancing! Cons: There’s a lot of people doing a lot of moving around in a fairly tight space. Two things in life I love very much are immersive theatre and a good murder mystery. So How to Solve a Problem Like Murder, advertised as ‘Cluedo meets the seven deadly sins’, seemed to be made for me. I’m not, however, a massive fan of the imperious way in ...

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Tomorrow, Arts Theatre – Review

Credit: Everything Theatre

Pros: A highly original concept, explored through brilliant writing and exceptional performances. Cons: Some moments are slightly out of line with the overriding tone. Some noise filters through from downstairs, but this is in keeping with the setting, so does not detract from the piece. Whistlestop Theatre is offering an intimate and immersive experience above the Arts Theatre. Audiences are welcomed into host Clive’s flat as he and his guests prepare for the first ‘perfect day’ of the rumoured utopia, ...

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Pedro and the Captain, The Vaults – Review

Credit: Everything Theatre

Pros: This is a hard-hitting thought-provoking piece, with splashes of dark humour. Cons: This is not for the faint-hearted. Blackboard Theatre’s production of Pedro and the Captain starts in the queue before anyone even enters the theatre space; I was approached by a lady (Laura Obiols), who told me that her husband Pedro had been taken away by armed men in the night and that no-one had heard from him since. Knowing that Pedro’s wife was watching too, even after ...

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