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Theatre review: Accomplice: London 
2nd-Oct-2010 07:22 pm
Once again, I think the third time this year, I'll be trying to review a show I actually can't properly review without giving all the fun away. But I'll do what I can: With three productions already running in US cities, Tom Salamon brings his interactive show Accomplice to London, and the Menier Chocolate Factory. Or rather near it, the whole thing taking place in the streets, pubs and landmarks of the South Bank. In a way the show starts 24 hours before the time on your ticket, as the actual starting point isn't revealed until then, via a vaguely threatening phone call. The show runs every Saturday and Sunday, at half-hour intervals from 12pm to 4pm, and there's a maximum of 10 audience members in each group, so as we got to the designated meeting point Andy and I were wondering not only where any actors might be hiding, but who our fellow audience members were.

Seeing as it's the title I don't suppose it's too much of a spoiler to say the group soon becomes accomplices after the fact in a mysterious crime, and sent off by the first actor (David Mildon, who I actually twigged was our first contact because I recognised him from the recent Cyrano de Bergerac) to figure out where the trail would lead us. There's clues and maps, handed out along the way by more characters, often with a colourful story of their own to tell. So it's like theatre crossed with a scavenger hunt and The Crystal Maze, and ten is about the right number because we did often find ourselves using teamwork to put the clues together. Some of the fun is in starting to get suspicious of everyone, and the chance of going badly off-course (apparently one of the press night groups got lost.) For example we nearly lost an important clue when we mistook a genuine busker for an Accomplice actor. It took us about two hours to get to the end, and as well as your daily exercise you even get some snacks and drinks thrown in along the way, so it's pretty good value. And for the second time this year poor Andy had an actor pick on his dress sense.

So I've not said much that doesn't appear in the show's publicity but suffice it to say we both really enjoyed it, and the other 8 people in our group seemed to as well. The fact that you're left to your own devices a lot of the time means there's scope to go wrong, which is fun in itself. Well worth a look - although it's now sold out until December, and I don't know how much winter weather will affect things (we had light drizzle, which was somehow appropriate.)

Accomplice: London by Tom Salamon is booking until the 27th of March at the Menier Chocolate Factory (or thereabouts.)
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9th-Dec-2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
That's been a theme this year, reviews without any actual reviewing in them 'cause it would spoil the show.
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