Hotel Europe review at Green Rooms Hotel – ‘absorbing new writing’
An epistolary tale documenting the global diaspora of one Italian family. A heated discussion stripping away layers of latent prejudice in a popular film. A hurried conversation between two lovers whose relationship contravenes immigration laws. These are the stories that lurk in the multifarious rooms of Hotel Europe.
Occupying the first floor of the Green Rooms Hotel in Wood Green, Hotel Europe consists of five short audio plays behind five anonymous doors, each meditating on themes of identity, nationality and persecution, and each complimented by the studiously designed room they inhabit. Tom Black's The Same Country, Gael le Cornec's The Broken Clock and Milly Thomas' Midnight Express: A Dialogue all articulately discuss various Brexit-related material, but they're each a touch on-the-nose.
By far the most striking piece is Benedict Hudson's Black Rock. In a rustling, intimidating blackness, powerful speakers recount the gripping but starkly beautiful story of a Welsh couple haunted by the seething darkness lurking down the local coal mine. It's a hair-raisingly intense fifteen-minute drama, all the more powerful for its refreshing obliqueness.
Elsewhere Rafaella Marcus' Epifania elegantly delves into the complex history of a British-Italian family to draw parallels between contemporary anti-immigrant sentiment and that of the post-war period – a time unsentimentally evoked by an ascetic bedroom design.
Created by Isley Lynn and Philipp Ehman, this part visual installation, part audio play, part lo-fi immersive experience offers an absorbing hour of new writing.