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The cast and crew of Architects of the Invisible took a chance here leading the audience astray and then bringing them back into an explosion of creative irony; it paid off ten-fold.
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Unlike the others, I watched Architects of the Invisible not expecting a story. And I was not disappointed. Like every other plays produced by the PCI this year, this too lacked a story. Not entirely. There were some small extracts that if dissected from the play and read together would qualify as one. But any attempts at that would defeat the very purpose that this collaborative piece tried to achieve. No. There was no story, but perhaps a journey of chance.
The play began like plays do – with an uninvited silence and an honest hope that we would be entertained. We sat there for a while peering at the long line of this seventeen member cast expecting them to perform. Apparently, they had similar expectations of us. It was obvious then that this was comedy and comedy, as a genre, never failed to entertain.
It was only after a quick bombardment of stats on some of the unusual ways you can die that the play really took life. A well-rehearsed and well-coordinated series of phases followed that depicted the mediocre routines of a familiar morning, tempting the audience to just lean back on their chair and relax. Tempt it did, before drawing us back again to the edge of our seats with a chaotic intervention of overlapping monologues. This was their strength. This almost fluent transition from methodical to disarrayed performance.
And then the play ended. Despite the cast’s repeated attempts at testing the audiences’ intelligence with a mock ending, not one budged. But the play had indeed ended. Until then the play had had a serious tone to it. This changed when the play began anew. The cast and crew of Architects of the Invisible took a chance here leading the audience astray and then bringing them back into an explosion of creative irony; it paid off ten-fold.
The set was interestingly elegant yet simple enough to be transformed often to fit the verve of the play. Collectively, the cast and crew deserved a word of praise for their light hearted, entertaining and dynamic performance. Individually, a standing ovation.
Rating: 4/5 — This article was published in The Leeds Student Newspaper, University of Leeds in their May edition.
Notes about the play:
A processed based piece displaying an explosion of ideas and visions exploring what daily life can bring and what happens if we take a chance…
A processed based piece of theatre by 17 collaborators displaying a constant pulse between the abstract and naturalism which represents an explosion of ideas, visions and exploration if what daily life can bring and what happens if you take a chance….
You bought your ticket. You chose your usual numbers. Date of birth. Your daughters birthday. Your wedding anniversary. You didn’t watch the live show. You haven’t for years. You didn’t even remember until the next day. When you checked you weren’t expecting anything. You weren’t disappointed. You weren’t impressed…
Architects of the InvisibleStage@Leeds
24th- 27th April