Platform At The ICA

By Rob Last edited 161 months ago
Platform At The ICA

Tonight is the opening night of Platform at the ICA, a "unique theatre experience" based on Michel Houellebecq's book.

The book is about a civil servant having sex with prostitutes in the massage parlours of Thailand (with a bit of S&M and partner-swapping thrown in there to spice things up), so Londonist will be intrigued to see what the ICA's "re-imagining" of the book as a "site-specific installation" will actually involve.

The ICA's site does make it clear that the performance is "Not suitable for under 18s" so we're pretty sure that they haven't watered it down at all.

If anyone gets along can you let us know what it's like. Although if you get chucked out for taking photographs don't use our name as an excuse...that's how rumours start.

Last Updated 02 December 2004

The Inimitable J

I turned up to the first performance, twelve quid in hand. It turns out they weren't ready, so I was given a complementary ticket to attend the dress rehearsal. After a half hour delay, a handful of us were ushered into a waiting area where the director (Sacha Wares, who directed last summer's hit Guantanamo) appeared and apologised for the state of undress. It appears that the staging had become far more complicated than they had originally envisaged. The set hadn't even been completed yet, and we were warned that technical issues might mar the viewing.

We were led to yet-to-be-enclosed booths, where we sat, solitary, and peered through a slot into a hotel room setup. Headphones were provided, so we could listen to a narrative track. The whole performance lasted about an hour, with the viewings staggered so they overlapped one another slightly. As the set was incomplete, one could see into the other area where another viewing was taking place, although I'm unsure as to how much of the action taking place in the other area we were meant to see.

The action of the play was minimal. It mostly consisted of a guy sitting in bed, and a woman occasionally appearing on the periphery in lingerie.


J - thanks for the potted review, sounds like they've got some work to do before they...erm...pull it off (sorry).