- ★★★★ Scotsman
- ★★★★ ThreeWeeks
- ★★★★ FringeGuru
- ★★★★ FringeReview
- ★★★★★ Broadway Baby
- "REALLY RATHER FASCINATING" - Lyn Gardner
In 101 a small audience is directly involved in an interactive performance grounded in the fundamental values of traditional and classical storytelling. Guided by the cast using a mixture of suggestion technique, physical theatre and improvisation, every audience member is personally involved in the performance. Each show follows a different 'scenario' (a unique structural and textual framework) and we rotate scenario and cast continually to create a continually changing and evolving experience.
101 is as much an approach to theatre as a specific show. To date, 101 scenarios have been drawn from a set entitled 101: Revenge. Since August 2010 the company has been expanding its repertoire with a second set, 101: Betrayal.
101: Revenge was developed with aim of finding a new way for an audience to experience classical drama, but an appreciation for the classics is not a requirement. What the show explores is the way that the emotional heart of these plays can be found in our interaction with one another.
101: Betrayal offers the chance to encounter and influence classic fairy-tale characters in a series of escapist, playful forty minute short plays where the audience can be as good - or as wicked - as they like. They all begin once upon a time, but the audience decides whether they end happily ever after.
Whatever the scenario, 101 places heavy emphasis on personal choice and the consequences of one's own actions. The audience is invited - but not explicitly corralled - into making constant, unprompted value judgments about the world and society they find themselves part of. By blurring the lines between the ethics that guide our daily lives and the heightened reality of play, the piece aims to shorten the distance between actor and audience.
WINNER OF A FRINGEGURU EDITOR'S CHOICE AWARD AT THE BRIGHTON FRINGE 2010
NOMINATED FOR 'MOST GROUNDBREAKING ACT' BY LATEST 7 MAGAZINE
- ★★★★ Scotsman 2011 ('Hot Show', Daily Pick of the Fringe)
- "Very empowering ... feels quite special."
- ★★★★ List 2011
- "...the 101 team show just how compelling theatre can be with the most elementary of resources. No special effects, no set, scarcely anything you'd call a costume and yet the young company does a thoroughly persuasive job in commandeering your imagination."
- ★★★★ Broadway Baby 2011
- "A performance that was both controlled and highly professional in its execution ... very impressive."
- Guardian 2011
- Guardian 2010
- "...like most theatre, it's a form of manipulation, but a really rather fascinating one."
- ★★★★★ Broadway Baby 2010
- "... get your tickets now for what is one of the most distinctive experiences at this year's Fringe."
- ★★★★ ThreeWeeks 2010
- "I was acutely aware of how rare it is for a performance to provoke such extreme emotions ... the ultimate in exciting, youthful and experimental theatre."
- ★★★★ FringeGuru 2010
- "... a seminally progressive addition to the Fringe."
- ★★★★ FringeReview 2010
- "Good and exciting stuff ... definitely ones to watch for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival!"