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Outside a big Georgian house on Kennington Park Road, South London, there’s a sign from an estate agent. Except that this home is advertised as haunted, the estate agent doesn’t really exist and the whole thing is one big performance installation from art collective ‘They Are Here’.
The half-hour performance has to be booked in advance, only takes place at night and has to be done in pairs – a strong theme in the work, which explores ideas around twins and pairings, as well as a healthy dose of death. It would be wrong to give away the nuances of the experience, but punters are met at the nearby Tube station and taken to the house where a loose narrative is created. The story of the piece is hinted at through speeches from an agent, kinetic sculptures and a rather cool sound and screen piece which occurs when viewers hold hands.
The intentions are good but the piece isn’t as fully immersive as I was willing it to be – a surreal suspension of reality that theatre groups like Punchdrunk and Bum Bum Train manage better – but it had its very odd and inviting moments.
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Halfway-House is at 131 Kennington Park Road, London,
until 09 November 07.