"Chilling, thrilling and thoroughly characterful"
by Eleni Young for remotegoat on 16/09/14

The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of Oscar Wilde’s darker pieces of work which tells the story of a man who’s portrait mutilates itself and rots away as Dorian’s actions gradually become more vicious and self-consuming, while he in reality, stays young and handsome.

Arriving at the secret venue where this production is masterfully performed, there are no signs, no people and not one indication to show that a production is here. Quizically, I double check I’ve got the right address, I check it on my phone’s maps. Yes, I definitely have the right venue. With no doorbell or brass knocker on the door, I knock as hard as I can in hope that someone hears me.

A few moments later and I’m greeted by the elegant Mrs Leaf, who disturbingly, knows who I am, and invites me in. Going through to the lounge room, are the rest of ‘Dorian’s guests’, the audience. Some who are relaxing and enjoying the pre-show drinks and gearing up for the performance to begin, well, it already has with the delightful Victor and Mrs Leaf, and others who seem to awkwardly shift in their seats as they hold onto their drinks. The scene is set.

In the description of the show, it says that this is an ‘immersive theatre production’ and ‘immersive’ it is. It’s difficult to write a review for this show without giving away too much detail, because if I did, it would spoil the performance for you.

Transformed from a modern day house into the deliciously dark world of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry and his charmingly sweet friend, Basil, this venue is perfect. The use of space throughout the house (take it from the person who gasped loud enough to wake the dead at one point) and the garden is nothing short of brilliant, as long as you bring a cardi. Chemistry between the actors, not just one or two, but all of them, was immense. These weren’t just a bunch of actors who wanted to ‘have a go’ at some Oscar Wilde, these were characters who had relationships with each other, who knew each other and who loved, fought and toyed with each other. Every cast member was utterly captivating.

I can’t say anymore other than that this is the best piece of theatre that I’ve seen in years, so much so, I want to go back and see it again. Beg, borrow (don’t steal) to get a ticket to this show, it’s deliciously devilish.

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