8th July 2006
National Theatre, London SE1 9PX
‘Watch This Space’ Festival
It’s a fine mid-noughties summer’s afternoon and it’s becoming evident that the stretch of the riverside from London Bridge to South Bank is becoming increasingly popular with all sorts of visitors: those taking in a bit of tradition and heritage with Morris dancers by the Golden Hinde, or younger, hipper folk enjoying a daytime ‘Thames Trance’ beach party on the foreshore near the South Bank, or indulging in some international street theatre as part of Watch This Space by the National Theatre.
For many years since the turn of the century, the empty space outside the riverfront entrance to the NT would be brought to life during the summer months with a series of free events covering all aspects of performance and entertainment – a number of which have already featured in this project – until 2013, when a large garish red box suddenly appeared, housing a temporary theatre space to be used during redevelopment of other parts of the venue.
Anyway, this particular fine day we’re being entertained by Polish troupe Teatr Biuro Podróży with their dark satire Świniopolis, which looks quite dramatic in the afternoon sunshine, but probably has more impact when performed at night (and if you understand Polish as well). And maybe this might have been some sort of inspiration for the piece (though maybe not this)…