The WWI Wardrobe Project at Greenside @ Nicolson Square is an immersive theatre experience, where the audience becomes the local people in a village hall in Scotland in 1917, at a talk being given to encourage recruitment for war work.
This type of theatre is always quite a brave step to take, as it requires the full participation of the audience to be successful, and the four actors (Angela Milton as Ethel Walls, Danielle Farrow as Nurse Phyllis Morris, Tamas Fazakas as George Brodie and Katie Stanway as Mrs Rhona McIntosh) made a very good job of encouraging a slightly reluctant audience to participate. Possibly a 10.30am start isn’t the best time for audience participation!
The nurse, Royal Naval Reserve volunteer, munitions factory worker, and Women’s Institute member all had their own personal reasons for taking on war work, and talked with conviction about their experiences and what they had gained from them, whilst involving the audience throughout. There was also the option for audience members to try on outfits and have their photograph taken by Mrs Walls, who had recently taken up photography as a hobby.
The whole immersive theatre experience was an interesting way to put a story across (even if one audience member didn’t quite understand that she was now in 1917, not 2018!), and an enjoyable one.
The WWI Wardrobe Project continues until 25th August (but not on Sundays).
Review by Lisa Sibbald
The WWI Wardrobe Project
Greenside @ Nicolson Square - Fern Studio
Times vary. Click 'Dates, times and prices' to view the calendar
Aug 3-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25
Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
Group: Immersive Response