Immersive Site-specific Theatre: The Den @ Swan Wharf | 10-12 September

Immersive Site-specific Theatre: The Den @ Swan Wharf | 10-12 September

The Den | Swan Wharf | 10-12 September | 7:30pm | £13

TheDenIMGSWe were lucky enough to catch an open dress rehearsal of this inventive, hugely ambitious immersive theatre experience in deepest darkest Hackney Wick…

Think Hunger Games mixed with Divergent, throw in some Maze Runner, and add a dash of Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking trilogy… and then imagine it as a site-specific, participatory theatre experience where intensity and commitment have been dialled to the max. This is The Den.

Imagining a future where childbirth is banned, FAITH Drama’s hugely talented young cast invite you to join them in the outcast community of The Den, to which children have fled from the corruption of the adult population. All seems well, but in a world where “adulthood breeds corruption”, things take a dark turn when you reach your 18th birthday…

It would be unfair to review the show based on a dress rehearsal, but we will say this – the cast is more than up to the task of working within such a fluid, anything-could-happen theatre space, and then production is so surprisingly ambitious as to bring to mind blockbuster productions from Punchdrunk and Fuerzabruta. The first half in particular, making use of Swan Wharf’s outdoor space, is thoroughly engaging and full of surprises.

For £13, you could do A LOT worse than heading to Hackney Wick to experience this fantastic, immersive theatre experience. Ignore us at your peril!

Stuart Wilson

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