Show review: Cages at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith
- Published on Friday, 14 October 2022 10:00
- Last Updated on 19 October 2022
- Monica Costa
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London Mums’ contributor Jo Mackeson attended Cages, a new show at Riverside Studios and sent me her review:
The sounds are very loud, the lights strobe too much. I felt it was over the top whilst I was experiencing it, a sensory overload, but I now realise that that was the very point. It is meant to disturb, to whip up every feeling, in this dystopian world where it is forbidden to feel. It is designed to create unease, to make you think, to bring you out of your comfort zone of familiar West End musicals.
Personally, I think nothing can beat human connection, on or off-stage, I dislike unrealistic computer generated imagery, and believe there is nothing quite like a full orchestra to stir up emotions. However, I did enjoy the black and white film and hologram media, with the eery childhood-esque storyteller, and the silent movie taglines. I was intrigued by how the actors on stage intertwined with the technology, and I must confess to not being completely sure what was hologram and what was real at certain intervals. It was a fascinating watch, and opens up a whole wealth of ideas of what can be brought to the stage.
The lead role beautifully delivered song after song, but the general vibe was one of a one man show and would benefit from more involvement from the other actors. There was an aura of dis-connect, and although this is their thematic statement, theatre does need to have the power to truly draw in its audience. I feel privileged to have witnessed the beginning of this new world of theatre, a very brave venture. Today I am left with a troubled soul, and I guess this is proof that Cages has done its job.”
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums