Croydonites Festival 2018 review: Parabolic Theatre’s Land of Nod

By - Tuesday 22nd May, 2018

Walking the mean streets of Croydon in this immersive theatrical world

Photo by Croydonites Festival of New Theatre, used with permission.

A dead body in a back alley, a man on the run, a drug ring with links to the occult… welcome to Land of Nod.

This is a two-hour immersive theatre production by Parabolic Theatre for the Croydonites Festival 2018. The audience plays members of the press (no journalistic experience required), who are helping the police in their investigations. But unlike conventional theatre, you control what path to follow in this megalith of a production. With multiple characters and locations, you’re told at the outset that you will only see about 20% of the show in its entirety. But it’s still hard not to pout like a diva when your fellow participants recount stories of where they’ve just been…

Cut yourself some slack because you’ll have to reframe your ideas about theatre here. This isn’t about watching a whole plot unfold in front of you. This is about spontaneous, interactive theatre, which you get to tinker with.

The show is delivered by a brilliant cast who take to their interactive roles with ease, swapping realistic banter with the audience as they play out their stories on the streets of Croydon.

If you’re looking for a night out with a difference, then you couldn’t do much better than Land of Nod. Just remember, you can’t see it all tonight, but there’s always tomorrow. Now where’s that link to the box office again..?

Rekha Shane

Rekha is a book reviewer on She also works part time for a professional body and the rest of the time for her two boys. When not writing her novel, Rekha can be found on the sofa binge-watching box sets with her husband.

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