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Grief and fluff: Tiger @OmnibusTheatre

Death is something we all will face. After all, nobody gets out of here alive. But how do you get past it when grief is all you can feel? And this is the premise of Tiger, currently playing at Omnibus Theatre . It's a fascinating exploration of the stages of grief. And with a terrific cast to take you on this journey, it's an endearing and sweet story that has you engaged from the start, wondering what will happen next.  We are introduced to Alice (Poppy Allen-Quarmby) as she gives a stand-up routine. It's not particularly funny and starts to veer into the topic of dying. Something isn't right. She used to be good at this but can't move forward. Soon, she is back in her London apartment with her partner Oli (Luke Nunn), discussing that they need to get a lodger to make ends meet.  Oli is a doctor working night shifts at the local NHS hospital. Alice is not ready to face a return to stand up or anything. So when the first potential lodger arrives (Meg Lewis), looking

Out of the focus group: The Candidate @theatredeli @labcollective

It's well known that key messages espoused by politicians these days are the product of carefully considered focus groups and research. But here in the Candidate, it takes this a step further, suggesting that everything is up for grabs in shaping a new leader, presently bereft of any thought. It proves for an amusing and topical diversion.

Arriving at the rather dreary looking 119 Farringdon Road, the former offices of The Guardian, and home to Theatre Delicatessen, you are ushered into a room and told that you would be taking part in what is described as a unique polling session.

The Candidate, Omar Ibrahim, is seeking views (in this case the unsuspecting audience members) to help shape his ideals, policy and image. He can be whatever you want or need him to be, adjusted to suit the tastes of the theatregoers.

With the help of your mobile phones and some nifty technology, you join a live polling session on various issues and help formulate what type of Candidate you want and receive the real time results on screen.

You are first given a choice of five different Omars to pick from. On Saturday night our audience (or rather, our focus group), selected Omar number five. He turned out to be a bit Ed Miliband-ish in his mannerisms, with a hint of new age mysticism and bisexuality thrown in for good measure. By the end of the evening most of the audience found him rather broad minded and a little bit creepy.

Matthew Flacks plays the spin doctor who gives Omar his lines and weasel words to say and rescue Omar from being overly familiar with audience members.

It is an interesting and amusing premise watching the two spar and engage the audience in what is at first hilarious and then more thought provoking at what makes people consider someone to be worthy of leadership in the political space.

A different sort of theatrical experience. The focus groups continue through to the 16 May. Enrol in one while you can.


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