Festival Review: Exeunt Magazine
November 23, 2016 - by Mike Pony
Exeunt Magazine taste the more experimental side of Submerge
Exeunt Magazine present beautifully written, experimental, fierce and longform writing about theatre. Critic Rosemary Waugh came along to Submerge Festival to review our events Ghosts and The Cube.
“There’s no such thing as ghosts,” goes the last line of Emmy The Great’s Easter Parade, a song otherwise full of references to Sunday School pupils, Jerusalem and, of course, men with holes in their hands. Whether as irreligious references to the risen Christ or as the spirits of names carved into stone plaques, churches are possibly the most logical place of all for ghosts to be found. Yet the Church of St Thomas the Martyr in Bristol, chosen as the venue for Submerge Festival’s triple bill of works titled Ghosts, feels pleasantly untouched by the fingerprints of spectral visitors.
The Church of St Thomas the Martyr […[ feels pleasantly untouched by the fingerprints of spectral visitors.
I should start this review by saying that The Cube by Simon Wilkinson (aka Circa69) is not really the kind of show you can review (so, like, feel free to stop reading). To be more exact, it’s the kind of show that would be really mean to review in detail even with *spoiler alert* emblazoned at ever juncture, because a lot of its impact as a piece of theatre relies on not knowing beforehand what will take place.
The Cube is an unsettling experience, because it is meant to be so.