Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

WHAT ELSE IS NEW; THEATRE 59 MINUTES TO SAVE CHRISTMAS Barbican, EC2

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

WHAT ELSE IS NEW; THEATRE 59 MINUTES TO SAVE CHRISTMAS Barbican, EC2

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Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS

SLUNG LOW are a dynamic company which promotes the idea of theatre as a kind of adventure. The work they create is designed to inhabit spaces where you wouldn't normally expect to see a play.

Their audience invariably wears headphones, which fosters intimacy -- no need for the actors to shout to make themselves heard, wherever they're performing -- and allows a complex soundscape to be spread before us (or really inside us).

For this, their second show aimed at children, they've crafted an interactive promenade piece that's full of appropriate seasonal sentiment, with a little bit of magic and strangeness mixed in.

At the start we learn that the future of Christmas is in jeopardy. It's our job to save it. We're ushered around the Barbican -- sometimes mingling with patrons on their way to other events -- by a couple of genial but slightly flustered guides. They educate us in the archaic ways of the Royal Christmas Brigade and gently unfurl a narrative of mischief in which children have a chance to cast themselves as heroes. …

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