New Shunt Show at The Jetty: The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face
Shunt, the artist collective behind The Architects and Money, return with The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face.
Commissioned by The Jetty, a reclaimed coaling jetty on the North Greenwich peninsula, Shunt have created a temporary space out of shipping containers, into which 30 people disappear every 10 minutes and are spat out 45 minutes later…
Where was I? Who was that strange man? What was wrong with his face?
The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face is an immersive, promenade-style performance piece. From a Charlie & The Chocolate Factory-esque corridor at the beginning, to the final ‘scene’ of a singing, guitar noodling man in a dress (mostly), via a series of episodes that test all of your senses – this is challenging but rewarding performance art, creatively staged and executed with conviction.
There are echoes of the You Me Bum Bum Train, moving from container to container and scene to scene, but have no fear that you will be expected to play anything other than observer and interpreter. Similarly, the works of Punchdrunk spring to mind, but there is no danger here of not being in the right place at the right time in order to follow a complex narrative.
What must be a logistical migraine-in-waiting is pulled off with the minimum of fuss, and the individual performers are fully immersed in their roles. Outside, before and after the experience, a lively bar area is a great place to discuss what it’s all about, and also to grab some tasty food.
Performance times: 6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 8:30pm – The Jetty will be hosting a pop-up bar serving street food and cocktails, open until 11:00pm.
Audience members will be required to remove their shoes and socks on entry, and there will be some confined and dark spaces.
Tickets: £10 from The Barbican box office.