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Sarah Watson writes about 1927's theatre show 'Golem' / 1 February 2016

the cast of five actors from the company 1927 lined up with an animated projection behind them

The cast of 'Golem' line up in a brave new world

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I went to see the new show by theatre company 1927. It’s called Golem. I saw it at the Old Market Theatre in Hove. It was heaving! The space was quite big, settling down into my seat, there were pictures projected onto the big screen on stage – I liked them, they were simple line drawings of people.

At either side of the stage there was a drum set and a keyboard.

At the start of the show we meet a band, all lit by red light.  I liked how they had the piano and the drummer live on stage – they played a bit of punk music which was good! The red light in the punk scenes worked really well.

The other unusual thing is the scenery, it looks like another stage, it was animated and changing a lot – that’s because it was all a projection. The projection was all drawings and cut-outs of newspapers. The colour scheme was browns, reds and yellows and the drawing style was simple.

I liked it a lot – it stayed with me.

Everything was timed together, performers were moving and acting in time to the animations and the music – it was very clever.

The show was trying to say how we are coming to a world where everything is the same, where we are told what to be, who to go with, what to wear and even what to think!  It is about how technology gets inside your head – it was like brainwashing.

After the show at the weekend I heard a voice in my head saying "change! Or you’ll miss out!". It made me think "are we becoming like this world?" The new phones and facebook and twitter – we’re all following the trends, following the latest technology and as a world we are becoming like that.

Everyone becomes the same and stereotyped – even the punk band end up brainwashed.  It reminded me of 1984.

It was funny, I liked the humour, it made it more entertaining.

It felt a little bit long without a break, I would have liked that. I would recommend it if you want to see something unusual, witty and thought provoking.

Golem by 1927 is currently touring. Please click on this link for details about the production at the Young Vic Theatre, London from 14 April to 22 May 2016

Sarah Watson is a visual artist and photographer. She is Chair of Trustees for Carousel and a committee member for the Oska Bright International Film Festival. She was one of the founders of the Creative Minds movement.

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