Theatre Review – John Robertson: The Dark Room


John Robertson: The Dark Room
Underbelly, Cowgate, Venue 61 (Edinburgh Fringe Festival)
Written and Produced by: John Robertson

5_Star_Rating_System_4_starsReviewer: Laura Shoebottom

“You awake to find yourself in a dark room, pick an option”, that’s the concept for interactive video game show John Robertson: The Dark Room. The task is simple-ish, escape the Dark Room, and if not? Well, let’s just leave that one for the moment shall we?

The audience enter a very aptly designed dark room and are met by a projector screen and a table full of random objects, which is later revealed to be a table full of prizes (or the table of wonders as Robertson calls it). Robertson then appears as the show’s mysterious and frantic host and selects players to try and escape with the promise of a prize for whoever wins. Easy? No way. Hilarious? Absolutely. Throughout the show players are led through a series of on screen options which get gradually more obscure as the game goes on, the result leaves the room howling with laughter. 

Robertson brings tonnes of charisma and personality to his character, he bombards the audience with a wealth of hilarious improvisation and insults as he leads them through this manic hour long show without really stopping much for air.

The show that originated as an interactive YouTube game has toured internationally and first played at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2012.

Robertson has created something magical here, the show is fast-paced, exciting and raucously funny with an extremely clever concept. The audience are constantly kept on their toes, never quite knowing what Robertson will do next which adds to both the story and the atmosphere as a whole.

This show has just about everything you need, a great concept, side splitting comedy and a fantastic host. You won’t be disappointed.

Playing at the Underbelly, Cowgate, Venue 61 at the Edinburgh Fringe until 27th August 2016