Welcome! This is your first free article. Get more free articles when you sign up with your email.

Fight Night

“An immersive underground boxing match”
FacebookTwitterLinkedIn

Exit Productions’ Revolution was a mainstay at Vault Festival 2018 – a engaging but underdeveloped strategy game set in post-apocalyptic London. The company returns this year with Fight Night, an immersive, interactive boxing match, and it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

It’s all set during the shadowy build-up to a five-round boxing bout between two snarling fighters, the outcome of which is decided by the audience’s actions. There’s an element of gambling involved, too: you can earn chips throughout the night, then take advantage of fluctuating odds to place bets throughout the 90 minutes, the most successful ticket genuinely winning 2% of that show’s ticket sales – about a fiver.

And it gives its participants a lot of freedom and agency if they want it. There are multiple storylines, only some of which you can follow and assist, depending on the role you’re assigned and on where you choose to spend your time – in the dressing room, in the ringside VIP area, or at the blackjack table.

It’s undoubtedly sophisticated, but there’s still a lot that needs ironing out – certain strands didn’t work out on the night I attended, there was a bit too much standing around, and the mechanisms at play were a bit too opaque to completely engage.

But if it doesn’t quite succeed on an interactive level yet, it definitely does on an immersive one. The whole thing has an embracing air of underground authenticity, from the pre-fight trash talk, to the hush-hush wheeler-dealing, to the breathless climactic bout.

Vault Festival 2019: colourful protests, slick storytelling and cult horror – this year’s top shows


Related to this Review

Opal FruitsOpal Fruits

Production Details
Production nameFight Night
Venuethe Vaults
LocationLondon
StartsJanuary 30, 2019
EndsFebruary 17, 2019
Running time1hr 30mins
AuthorExit Productions, Nadezhda Zhelyazkova
DirectorChris Neels, Joe Ball
Musical directorJames Frewer
Set designerDev J Danzig
Lighting designerNick Murry
CastBen Lydon, Brendan O'Rourke, Edward Linard, Hannah Samuels, Pete Grimwood, Rachel Switlick, Simon Pothecary
ProducerExit Productions
VerdictAn immersive, interactive and entertainingly atmospheric underground boxing match
FacebookTwitterLinkedIn
Add New Comment
You must be logged in to comment.
Fergus Morgan

Fergus Morgan

Fergus Morgan

Fergus Morgan

Your subscription helps ensure our journalism can continue

Invest in The Stage today with a subscription starting at just £3.98
The Stage
© Copyright The Stage Media Company Limited 2020
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter
Linked In
Pinterest
YouTube