The Guardian 14.8.00
Reworked for the better since it was first seen in London last year, Shunt’s show takes you into the skies and then drops you from a great height. It’s based on the true story of the South American rugby team who, after crashing in the Andes, stayed alive by eating each other.
The company wallow in the macabre humour of this situation in a performance piece that celebrates the importance of ritual in our lives: the absurdity of the air safety announcement, the trolley dolly with her comforting offer of drinks and peanuts, the way the even we are reduce d to cannibalism we do it with the best of table manners.
From the moment you gather in the waiting room, Shunt get every detail right but skew reality with a cockeyed humour. The experience is genuinely horrifying: as the plane began to spiral downwards the person next to me began to hyperventilate.
Once the smoke clears and you’ve got over your initial sense of terror the real horror begins. Shunt takes you to the top of a mountain where the survivors huddle in the wind and show you the end of civilisation. Very clever, very disturbing.
(Edinburgh Fringe Festival @ The Pleasance)