Planet Earth is under threat; aliens have abducted a small group of humans who must work together to escape capture and save the world as we know it!
Back by popular demand, AlieNation is back for two days only. An interactive and immersive experience, it was originally created for On The Verge Festival, which presents performances in unusual spaces by up and coming theater artists. Having experienced The Lemon Collective’s work at the Fire Arts Festival back in May, we were excited for a second chance to see what all the fuss was about.
Our group of earthlings was greeted by eccentric inhabitants such as Glahblah in a derelict basement on Victoria St. Guided through the space ship’s interior, we were faced with cryptic puzzles and challenges for any chance of escape.
First came a puzzle of intergalactic languages…
Homesick test specimens in the alien laboratory needed TLC, each with its particular quirk to cheer it up.
The final test involved serious teamwork, traversing a laser puzzle whilst relying on other earthlings for guidance. Our team was rubbish and only Tom succeeded, farting his way closer to freedom.
Having failed but pretended to complete all three challenges, some awesome projection mapping took us on an intergalactic journey where we activated the ship’s infamous Szyborg (Szymon Mamys), an alien who did a crazy box dance (we spotted those dreadlocks – intergalactic appropriation, guys).
The actors were excellent and genuinely entertaining, coming from someone who feels extremely awkward and cringes away from Shiverpool actors on Hope St. Laurence Glover’s (Glahblah) improvisational skills deserve particular merit, keeping it together even during a slight technical hitch. We laughed throughout, the script itself witty and well-written.
AlieNation was something different that didn’t involve the pub (though we did spot a cheeky hip flask). Basically, it was was o̶u̶t̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶w̶o̶r̶l̶d̶ boss (not just saying that because lemons are our fave thing in the whole galaxy) and we can’t wait to see what those glorious citric fruits come up with next.