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The Gap in the Light at the New Diorama Theatre: SEEN Reviews

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SEEN loves immersive theatre, particularly with horror elements and couldn’t wait to see The Gap in the Light at the New Diorama Theatre up near Great Portland Street. All audience members were informed by one of the cast that the auditorium would be plunged into darkness. Indeed we tried it before the performance. It was unsettling but a totally justified effect given the subject matter of the play.

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It’s divided into two halves. The first half was set in a sinkhole and cave system set in the South American remnants of the Mayan Empire. This was splendidly evoked by the two actors: the empathetic Hannah, who is there to investigate the site and Ethan, a cocky American who has spent his life as a nomad and takes people on underground guided cave tours.

As the pair explore they find themselves unsettled by the ancient human remains they find, the unguessable voids they nearly tumble into and eerie sound effects that eventually persuades Ethan that something horrific and sinister is about to occur. Ethan unravels to such an extent that Hannah is forced to contact base to rescue them.

The second half sees Hannah at home, pregnant with a loving partner, but convinced that something is wrong with the baby. In her bright IKEA-decorated apartment in London, Hannah finds that the past still has a message for her. No spoilers from SEEN, you’ll be pleased to hear! Suffice to say that the ending is as powerful and unexpected as you’d want, given the build-up of tension in the first half where several members of the audience were audible in their panic at the sound effects and blackout. You have been warned. Feel the fear and see it anyway. You won’t be disappointed. It’s an outstanding production and poignant in the best sense.

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Summer Solstice at the Shard with Morning Gloryville

Ever fancied seeing in the summer solstice from the Shard? Well, now you can. The immersive morning dance specialists Morning Gloryville will collaborate with The Shard to open the doors at 4.15am on 21st June for Sky High Solstice. It should be stunning if the weather carries on being so clear. Not to say transcendent, as the summer solstice is a celebration that dates back to pre-Christian times.

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Rock the Strand this Thursday 22nd June

Save the date – on Thursday 22nd June from 7.15pm – 10.45pm, Rock the Strand will take place at the Strand Palace Hotel. Curated by industry legend Tony Moore, Rock the Strand will showcase an eclectic range of genres from indie alt-folk to country from emerging new talent and established acts, highlighting the UK’s varied and diverse musical landscape.

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Sagardi: Pleasures of the Flesh

SEEN was reminded of what a privilege it is to meet chefs and butchers who are truly passionate and single-minded about the food they prepare and cook. Thus it was at Sagardi in Shoreditch, where the ravenous foodie press was assembled earlier this week, to witness the butchery of, and subsequent cooking over a splendid barbecue grill, of a side of ox.