The Black Box Theatre Company have produced a show in a black box theatre (the Hen and Chickens) with a set made up of simply white boxes. In a delightfully silly half hour performance we experience the most low-fi version of sci-fi imaginable and if, as advised in the script, you don’t think about it too much, it’s fun to go along for the ride.
Time travel is a baffling concept at the best of times and Shawn Lindsell’s play did nothing to aide our understanding of quantum physics finer theories, but it did give us a few laughs. As the batty script about a untested time machine hopped about through the recent past (or was it the future?) referencing Back to the Future and 2001: A Space Odyssey the joy of this show was in it’s simplicity.
The staging, lighting and sound effects were wisely kept simple by director Maria Gebhardt. With a single location and a cast of 3 – Sarah Vass, Laurie Swan and (in the performance we saw) Daniel Cawtherey – the plot moved swiftly and didn’t outstay it’s welcome.
You Have Absolutely No Sense of Time is a fun piece of theatre that you could take your son or your mum to and all would find something to enjoy. We should also note that the show isn’t on at the times printed in the Camden Fringe Brochure, as they apparently don’t have a sense of time either. Check the website for performance details.
Review by Margot Capulet
You Have Absolutely No Sense of Time
The Black Box Theatre
2-4, 9-11 August at the Hen and Chickens