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Wednesday 25 August 2004 6.27pm
I see that Shunt's new show starts on September 9th. I urge all of you to make an effort to see this show, if it's anything like previous productions, it will be well worth the effort.
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Tuesday 7 September 2004 7.06pm
They've gone legit - you can get tickets through the National Theatre website

Both the venue and the performers sound interesting...

>A door leads from the commuter hall of London Bridge station to a vast labyrinth beneath. This is the new home to Shunt, an artists' collective whose Dance Bear Dance won last year's Time Out Live Award. From September, the door will open each Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening for their new show Tropicana, on one of the most exciting and unsettling spaces in London.

>‘Many of us at the National saw Shunt's last show, Dance Bear Dance, under some railway arches in Bethnal Green. We loved it, maybe because they make the kind of theatre we never make. It was strange, wild, beautiful and funny, and it conjured astonishing things out of the darkness'
Nicholas Hytner, Director of the National

>No seating is allocated for this show. Tropicana involves some walking, standing and sitting for the audience. The show is not suitable for the under 12s. The venue is dusty, please wear suitable clothes.

>The Shunt Vaults, Joiner Street, London SE1
The entrance is opposite the main exit of London Bridge underground station. Joiner Street is a pedestrian tunnel within the station complex.
Doors open 8.30pm, last entry 9pm (latecomers will not be admitted).

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Monday 1 November 2004 5.51pm
Still haven't got around to dragging anyone to see this. However...

Michael Billington's review in the Guardian a week ago was not encouraging.,1169,1334417,00.html

"Some may find the experience disturbingly disorientating: all it did for me was expose the intellectual poverty of so much that passes for avant-garde theatre in Britain."

Has anyone been yet???
Monday 1 November 2004 6.15pm
Going on the 18th.

It seems to draw very differing reviews. The Time Out one was quite the opposite - they had it as their pick of the week.

Here's hoping the latter review is the one I agree with. :-)
Monday 1 November 2004 11.14pm
The Independent gave it two stars last week:

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Tuesday 2 November 2004 11.28am
James Hatts wrote:
> The Independent gave it two stars last week:
> /story.jsp?story=576266

I wouldn't exactly call it a ringing endorsement:

"That split second ... was instructive, bringing home to me just how shallow is the psychological impact of this imagery. It's an adolescent's view of the Underworld, with chorus girls embodying its pimply idea of transgression by performing the splits and slinky trapeze acts over a coffin to the pounding of an electric guitar. The humour would shame an undergraduate revue"

Oh dear!
Tuesday 2 November 2004 11.31am
I've not been yet, the reviews are certainly mixed. I can only repeat that I found their last production, Dance Bear Dance, excellent.
Tuesday 2 November 2004 12.10pm
Interesting article in the New York Times...
Wednesday 10 November 2004 2.33pm
Go see- absobloodytastic! Eerie, sexy and totally unique. The dancing girls also serve beers afterwards too!
Sunday 14 November 2004 10.11am
I saw the show last night and it was an amazing experience. I am glad I didn't read the reviews until this morning, because they would have really tainted the experience for me. I went in with no background about Shunt or what they do, and was treated to a stimulation of all my senses. It scared me, made me laugh, and most importantly think.

The reviewers in the Guardian and Independant need to try taking themselves a little less seriously and just open up to the experience. Anyone who is looking for a unique experience should go ( has £10 seats). I loved it.
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