101 RETURNS TO LONDON AT THE N16 IN BALHAM – 4th to 8th April.

We’ll be reviving our classic scenarios 101: Find Me, 101: Know Me and 101: Trust Me at the N16 in Balham this April, and adding to our roster of shows 101: Bind Me and 101: Save Me.

Book tickets for our April shows here.

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

NOMINATED FOR ‘MOST GROUNDBREAKING ACT’ BY LATEST 7 MAGAZINE

★★★★ Scotsman (‘Hot Show’, Daily Pick of the Fringe)

“Very empowering … feels quite special.”

★★★★ List

“…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

“A performance that was both controlled and highly professional in its execution … very impressive.”

Guardian

“Excellent.”

Guardian

“…like most theatre, it’s a form of manipulation, but a really rather fascinating one.”

★★★★★ Broadway Baby

“… get your tickets now for what is one of the most distinctive experiences at this year’s Fringe.”

★★★★ ThreeWeeks

“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

“… a seminally progressive addition to the Fringe.”

★★★★ FringeReview

“Good and exciting stuff … definitely ones to watch for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival!”