Awakening, Sweet and Sour Sensory Composition (2 stars)

Abstract piece built around sensory experiences ends up simply mystifying


This article is from 2015.

Awakening, Sweet and Sour Sensory Composition

Maybe I was sitting in the wrong place. Maybe I didn’t engage as actively as was expected. But the most mystifying thing about Awakening from London-based Nitroglicerina Theatre is just how little actually seems to happen.

Frustratingly, it’s also exactly the kind of show that’s entirely ruined by giving away too much detail. Suffice it to say that it’s an abstract piece using sound, other sensory experiences and some beautifully designed masks – which, again mystifyingly, audience members can hardly ever see.

There’s a lot of potential here, but it feels like the piece’s free-form structure, unhelpful room layout and absence of any sense of narrative fight against its ambitions. But each person’s experience of it will necessarily be entirely different: try it, and you never know what you might discover.

Spotlites, 220 5911, until 22 Aug (not 12), 4.40pm, £8.50 (£7.50).

This article is from 2015.

Awakening, Sweet and Sour Sensory Composition

  • 2 stars

Nitroglicerina Theatre Whether protective, polite or provocative, we all wear masks to conceal ourselves from others, and sometimes from ourselves. What would happen if we stripped those away? Awakening is an immersive theatrical experience designed to examine those masks from both sides, how they define and confine us…


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