Suspicious Package (3 stars)

This article is from 2010

Suspicious Package

Immersive fun on the streets of Edinburgh

If you’re in a shop in the Grassmarket or on Victoria Street and see some people in daft hats having a stilted conversation read from iPods you’ve probably stumbled across a ‘performance’ of this interactive promenade piece. After being greeted by creator Gyda Arber in the C Too courtyard, costumes are donned, instructions issued, iPods inserted and the fun begins.

Originally staged in New York, the detective noir for four or six players traverses the cobbled streets and steep staircases around the venue. The instructions are easy to follow, the time to reach each checkpoint ample and the syncing between participants accurate.

Blithely following the digitally imparted instructions, there’s a lot of trust on the part of the participant. Where will we end up? Will I make a fool of myself? What’s in the mysterious titular package we’re all ferrying about? The unpredictability adds to the fun, although it means you never know how good your fellow actors will be. If the idea of stepping out from behind the safety of dark auditoriums and into the action appeals, this is a great way to spend an hour. Despite the hats.

C Too, 0845 260 1234, until 30 Aug, times vary, £8.50–£10.50 (£7.50–£9.50).

Suspicious Package

  • 3 stars

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