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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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