What is devising and how is it changing the way we produce theatre? The People Show has been doing it since the late sixties, but more and more devised shows are making it onto the mainstream market.
Sophie Morlin-Yron reports
It’s 7.30 on a typical autumn evening and The Old Red Lion Pub in Islington is bustling with people. Most of them are there to neck back an after work beer. Only a handful are waiting for the bell to ring for the opening performance of The Detective Show in the small, intimate theatre above the bar.
Experimental theatre company The People Show’s 121st production, since its beginning in 1966, is a murder mystery in Agatha Christie style with a classic whodunnit? theme. But this show is anything but old-fashioned. Starting with a white outline on the floor, the narrative takes us on a journey in time. As the fast-paced…
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