P332 Teletext 332 Oct27 21:11:27  THEATRE   REVIEW  ——————————————  ————————————  TROPICANA, Shunt V!ults, London Box office: 020 7452 3000 Performance collective Shunt have acquired a reputation for brilliantly imaginative, often site-specific work. This is their first presentation in their new semi-permanent home, a vast labyrinth of vaults and arches beneath London Bridge railway station. They've also been adopted by the National Theatre — tickets are booked through the NT and Friday's press night audience was packed with 'faces'. ——————————————————————————————————1/6—— by Ian Shuttleworth Get WINNIE THE POOH ON STAGE tickets Ticketmaster 0870 4000771 or p646 W End A-G W EndH-N W EndO-Z TV Guide
P332 Teletext 332 Oct27 21:12:42  THEATRE   REVIEW  ——————————————  ————————————  TROPICANA, Shunt Vaults, London Box office: 020 7452 3000 It begins as great fun, even though they're playing with claustrophobia. We enter, a batch at a time, from right by the Tube station exit, into a small workman's closet; then pass through a cupboard, Narnia-like, into a panelled waiting area; then are crammed into a "lift" which even judders on its imaginary journey into the depths. A great deal of meticulous care has gone into the planning and realisation. ——————————————————————————————————2/6—— Scorsese Collection reviewed 304 Get Billy Elliot & other tickets Ticketmaster 0870 4000771 or p646 W End A-G W EndH-N W EndO-Z TV Guide
P332 Teletext 332 Oct27 21:12:57  THEATRE   REVIEW  ——————————————  ————————————  TROPICANA, Shunt Vaults, London Box office: 020 7452 3000 The vaults themselves are pitch-dark, as we grope into a scruffy behavioural research lab, then take seats along the walls of a larger space to watch... Dim lights flicker on and off. Exotic dancers scuttle like startled fauna. Someone bashes a pineapple to pieces. Another lift goes up and down through the space... but it's really travelling sideways, as if the very dimensions have been realigned. ——————————————————————————————————3/6—— Total Entertainment 300 Get WINNIE THE POOH ON STAGE tickets Ticketmaster 0870 4000771 or p646 W End A-G W EndH-N W EndO-Z TV Guide
P332 Teletext 332 Oct27 21:11:12  THEATRE   REVIEW  ——————————————  ————————————  TROPICANA, Shunt Vaults, London Box office: 020 7452 3000 Through this central 20-minute sequence, we catch only glimpses of what's going on, and also of each other, ranged along opposite walls. It's as if we're being shown a new way of seeing things, where the bizarre and the banal can be equally intriguing. From here on, though, it gets more demonstrative, and also loses much of its allure, declining from a mystery into a possibly unsolvable puzzle. ——————————————————————————————————4/6—— Latest from the movies 310 Get Billy Elliot & other tickets Ticketmaster 0870 4000771 or p646 W End A-G W EndH-N W EndO-Z TV Guide
P332 Teletext 332 Oct27 21:11:57  THEATRE   REVIEW  ——————————————  ————————————  TROPICANA, Shunt Vaults, London Box office: 020 7452 3000 There's a kind of steampunk voodoo funeral sequence. The dancers dispense beers from the back of a hearse then we take seats in a more conventional end-on space for a mock autopsy. Being Shunt, of course, there are still multimedia high-jinks and various other inexplicable quirks and quiddities. But by now you've realised that things won't get any more focused, and perhaps they shouldn't even have gone this far. ——————————————————————————————————5/6—— Vote in Euro Film Awards 315 Get WINNIE THE POOH ON STAGE tickets Ticketmaster 0870 4000771 or p646 W End A-G W EndH-N W EndO-Z TV Guide
P332 Teletext 332 Oct27 21:14:12  THEATRE   REVIEW  ——————————————  ————————————  TROPICANA, Shunt Vaults, London Box office: 020 7452 3000 It's very easy to get frustrated by conceptual art, especially performance art, that shies away from explanations and claiming it means whatever you want it to mean. That's just lazy. However, sometimes it's better to leave things entirely unexplained than to make vague gestures that never cohere. Moment by moment, this is often a magnificent experience, but the more it goes on, the hollower it comes to seem. ——————————————————————————————————6/6—— Teletext star rating *** (Good) FULL GUIDE TO NATIONAL EVENTS p341 W End A-G W EndH-N W EndO-Z TV Guide