An engaging and evocative performance
We’re taken through an unnamed city and made privy to domestic arguments in 24 hour supermarkets and unlikely romances as “hands brush reaching for the milk” before moving on to some altogether more morbid and sombre stories. There’s the woman in a call centre, working her way through the infinite numbers to try and find someone she knows, the man stuck in a pie factory looking for meaning before being transported to peep shows and other places that you won’t see in daylight. It’s an imaginative twist on dark bedtime stories, making them about anxiety, insomnia and loneliness which is ably supported by lighting and sound designers, Ben Pacey and Iain Armstrong. The near constant electric hum and the artificial fluorescent lights manages to create a disconcerting atmosphere but it’s never quite creepy enough to properly get under your skin.
Additionally there are a few stories that feel like natural points to end the show but it keeps going on with sadly diminishing returns. Nevertheless it’s an engaging and evocative performance that remind us that “What we see at night looks very different to during the day” before reminding us that although the night is full of urban horrors, the sun still rises, we’ll make it through to the other side and we’ll be able to reconnect again.