Theatre Review: The Soulless Ones - Hammer House of Horror Live @ Hoxton Hall
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Upon entering Hoxton Hall I was given a black cloak to wear, which was a nice touch. I took a seat in the hall, all the while taking in my surroundings. It felt as though I had been transported back to Victorian London. The performance began, with members of the cast already placed among us, they too were members of the audience for the nights spectacle. We were soon told to go, witness, watch and observe the hive at action. We were implored to explore, that our lives would never be the same after what we experienced on that night. So explore I did. Every single room, corridor and staircase had been designed to keep the atmosphere alive. The set design was phenomenal. A huge space, an entire building, was transformed. It felt like the building was bigger than it probably is while simultaneously each room felt intimate and enclosed. This really helped create the sense that anything could happen and there was no where to run to when it did. If you did wander off it was easy to get lost as the building felt like a maze. Halfway through the performance I ended up wandering into a room I had never seen before, or into a room from an angle I hadn't seen it from in the past. The magnitude of this production is quite amazing. It is disorienting and absolutely fantastically done. There is no guide, it is up to you to decide if you want to stay in one room, explore yourself, or follow one actor. I chose the latter and while I did of course explore myself and bump into many characters and their stories on my journey, one character who's story I followed in particular was that of Remy, played by Samuel Collings.
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