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Arts Review: “Like Me” - An Interactive Theatre Experience - Merchants House, The Rocks (Through 11th July)

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to wander about a derelict mad house of ex-psych patients dressed like teletubbies and mostly speaking in jibberish while they try and convince you to look for “things”, than look no further! Like Me is a unique, and crazy, theatre experience that is entirely interactive and a whole lot of… absurdity.

Each of the actors is dressed in a bright coloured piece with some ridiculous feature- enlarged body parts and eccentric face paint etc. As soon as you approach the theatre, an old house in Sydney’s The Rocks, they greet you in character- beckoning and gesturing, and encouraging you to take “selfies” with them.

The whole experience is entirely interactive and quite unpredictable. You are given free reign to wander around the house and explore each of the rooms. The actors come along with you, loudly playing their parts and darting here and there. The main “story” I suppose are these characters within a madhouse who are obsessed with themselves. They mutter “like” and beckon to you asking for your attention. For the most part it is all lighthearted fun, but there are a few moments when it all turns a bit dark and confronting. This is quickly glossed over with more chaotic action, but the messages are not quite lost.

This is perhaps not a theatre experience for everyone- but extraverts, drama students and those who generally enjoy a bit of mayhem and fun will feel right at home. The rest of us will just take in this interactive theatre piece, wander about the house observing all of the craziness, and wonder what on earth is going on.

Join the mayhem of Like Me at Merchants House, The Rocks Sydney, until the 11th July. For more information visit www.mongrelmouth.com

The reviewer attended the performance on the 25th June.

Photo Credit © Chris Evans