Get our free email newsletter with just one click

Remote review at Camden People’s Theatre, London – ‘clever and intriguing’

Angela Clerkin in Remote at Camden People's Theatre, London. Angela Clerkin in Remote at Camden People's Theatre, London.
by -

Remote offers its audience “freedom through choice”. Think Facebook, Uber and Amazon rolled into one. Designed “to help you be more like people like you”, it’s a theatrical choose-your-own-adventure story, two years in the making.

In terms of format Remote is about as traditional as it gets with game-makers Coney – the audience is seated in rows and there are performers in role.

While the show contains amore than a few interactive moments, there is no requirement for everyone to speak up. Choices in the narrative are made by raising a card. The majority’s preference carries – at the beginning of the show at least, the audience is all in this together.

Making decision after decision is exhausting though, no matter the stakes, and it’s a challenge to inject pace and drive into proceedings. A few times it feels like ideas are shown rather than interrogated, and the ending that the audience arrives on this occasion feels tentative – it’s all suspiciously light and calm. But then, it’s supposed to be a fable told by an algorithm to reassure unpredictable humans. No wonder everything turns out fine and dandy.

Full of jokes and science fiction tropes, Remote is clever and intriguing – it’s fascinating to see what happens when your suggestions are incorporated into the piece and just as telling when your choice loses – a minority opinion silenced.

We need your help…

When you subscribe to The Stage, you’re investing in our journalism. And our journalism is invested in supporting theatre and the performing arts.

The Stage is a family business, operated by the same family since we were founded in 1880. We do not receive government funding. We are not owned by a large corporation. Our editorial is not dictated by ticket sales.

We are fully independent, but this means we rely on revenue from readers to survive.

Help us continue to report on great work across the UK, champion new talent and keep up our investigative journalism that holds the powerful to account. Your subscription helps ensure our journalism can continue.

Subscribers to The Stage get 10% off The Stage Tickets’ price
Intriguing interactive fiction exploring small politics, big algorithms and thwarted consensus