How the hell do you write about Internal? It is a production that pretends not to be a production, and though the events that occur in its short 25-minute running time are well-publicised, the less one knows the better. It is also a very personal experience, which is why responses have been so greatly varied.
So, in the spirit of fair play, I will refrain from writing about my views and observations until after the production closes on August 30. After that time, I will publish a point-to-point examination of my experience. However, I will supply you with some facts.
One, it does not take place in a traditional theatre space but in a large room located in a hotel lobby. There is a set, lighting and sound design, but everything is functional. You will also be moving throughout the room at different times.
Two, there is a cast of five, and there are only five audience members per performance. Though you will see all five cast members, you will not spend equal time with them, nor will you experience the full performance with the other four audience members.
And three, the production seems to be tailored for the explicit goal of getting under the skin of each individual. You will be challenged, and the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it.
Sound intriguing? I hope so.
Internal is a production that needs to be experienced to be believed and understood, and it is one that you will want to discuss candidly with anyone else who has been to it. In fact, I can report that I have now spent hours speaking with others who have taken the journey and still yearn to speak more. Not bad for piece that clocks in at under 30 minutes.
Sidebar: If you too have seen this and want to share your experience or insights, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Who knows, if enough people respond we might actually be able to get a bit of a debate going which, I believe, is the full intention of this production.
Playing at the Mercure Point Hotel via the Traverse theatre until August 30. Check the Traverse website or box office for accurate times.
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