Ancient Shrines and Half Truths
  • By Eva Hibbs
  • |
  • 12th Aug 2017
  • |
  • ★★★★
  • 1507

Tripadvisor meets Pokemon Go in this absurd, fantastical tour that proves how liable we are to being led.

Exposes our compulsive desire to know as much as possible about the places we visit

Stationed at the tip of The Meadows, the experience begins with a short introduction and an in-app tutorial. Headphones up, we are directed between shapes that the collective have surreptitiously erected in a circle around us. The instructing voice is warm and reliable, one that you might blindly take any instruction from. And begins their case in point. The show at once exposes our compulsive desire to know as much as possible about the places we visit and how we’ll take anything we’re told as fact, as long as it sounds like one.

With a cartoon map of the surrounding area, we are set free to explore solo. Selecting marked points of interest (or, ‘ancient shrines’) prompts the audio-guide to describe each of these places and its purported significance. Where bins are goodie boxes for the homeless and hedges are things to be shaken and crouched beside, the irony is full frontal. Ancient Shrines and Half Truths pokes fun at conventional tourist trails that favour the acquisition of knowledge over experience. After all, to what to extent does reality matter if we’re having fun?

If you’re willing to participate in a series of bizarre practices guaranteed to push you out of your comfort zone, you’ll have a ball with these guys (and maybe an impromptu picnic, too).

Reviews by Eva Hibbs

Summerhall

Heather

★★★
Summerhall

Ancient Shrines and Half Truths

★★★★
Pleasance Courtyard

Let Me Look at You

★★★★
Summerhall

Ramy: In the Frontline

★★★★
Pleasance Courtyard

Kat Bond: Loo Roll

★★★★
Pleasance Courtyard

Briony Redman: Theory of Positivity

★★

Performances

Location

The Blurb

Real travellers belong everywhere. Join performance alchemists Binge Culture on an immersive audio experience that mainlines you into the city's heart. Discover hidden gems, stumble into fragile cultural ceremonies and laugh with authentic locals. Armed with the knowledge of your expert guide and entry-level smartphone technology, you'll feel instantly at home – wherever your journey takes you. Refuse to tourist. Take the outsider's insider's guide that proves you deserve to belong. 'One of the country’s most exciting, direct and original theatre companies' (NZ Herald). Part of NZatEdinburgh.com.