Some Thing New

Delivered as an interactive art workshop, with a narrative line slowly emerging, Some Thing New is a great idea with an unsatisfying execution. It bobs along somewhat enjoyably in parts, with plenty of audience participation. Then it starts to derail. For the buried love dynamic amongst the five artists simply cannot be contained.

For a while I was genuinely tricked into believing this was not a play but the workshop it professed to be.

For a start, it is never clear what the connection is between the art concept and the sassy in-fighting among the artists. It is even less clear why this sassy in-fighting exists at all. Someone is in love with someone else. Someone else does not approve. This was the most I could gather. Then it ends. It is entirely uninvolving as a thwarted love story.

As an interactive art workshop, however, it’s pretty fun at times. The characters are well observed. The impeccably dressed performance artist, the get-up-and-go curator and the pompous art historian are all thought out with great care and attention. They ask dense questions like ‘What is art? How important is the process of artistic creation compared to the finished product? What constitutes meaning in art?’ Cue long rambling theoretical discussions that do not go anywhere but have a kind of swaggering pretentious charm.

Still, the actors are convincing and good improvisers. For a while I was genuinely tricked into believing this was not a play but the workshop it professed to be. And yet, as long as the show does not seem to know what it is, it simply falls by the wayside.  

Reviews by Rory Mackenzie

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You are cordially invited to join a group of five artists as they embark on an hour of disparity and sentimentality, adding a dose of sexual tension, in the hope that they might be the next to fill the shoes of Magritte, Dalí and countless esteemed individuals of revolutionary ideas and sparkling talent. They hope to establish an artistic movement to define the modern age, to inspire a world beyond beige and brown. But the pressure to realise this vision tests the relationships between them and, anyway, is it even possible to create something truly new?

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