"For sure, it’s no mean feat that the designer Max Dorey has constructed an industrial container in the Arcola’s basement studio and it is unnerving to be plunged into darkness after the loading doors are shut. "
"Max Dorey’s set really is a cargo container and the audience sit on all four sides on seats made of wooden pallets covered with shrink wrapped cargo. There is not a lot of room, making the atmosphere taught and uncomfortable before the doors are shut"
LONDON THEATRE 1
"David Mercatali's production benefits from Max Dorey's immersive design, sitting us on shrink-wrapped crates and surrounding us with corrugated walls. It's claustrophobic, disconcerting and often, in Christopher Nairne's careful lighting design, pitch black. With Max Pappenheim's soundscape – airplanes overhead at first, then the silence of the sea – you genuinely feel stuck in situ, a long way from land; no way out."
WHAT'S ON STAGE
"With a clang we’re shut into a shipping container, the audience sitting on bin bag-clad palettes, Max Dorey’s design completely transforming the Arcola’s studio space. Twinned with Christopher Nairne’s dim lighting, the effect is suffocating."