Should immersive theatre audiences accept greater responsibility?
There was a moment during National Theatre Wales’s Bordergame when the urge to rebel was strong. Like several others – all of us cast as refugees trying to travel from Bristol to Newport – I had been refused entry into the Autonomous Republic of Cymru for having false identity papers and was herded into a holding area. The possibility of trying to organise a rebellion, rise up against the border guards and break free crossed my mind. There was very little to stop us. But I also worried that, in doing so, we’d be disrupting the performance. How would the actors respond? Was the show fluid and flexible enough to embrace such an audience response? I suspect not, but I may be wrong. We stayed where we were and did as we were told, allowing the play to follow its defined course, so I’ll never know..
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