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The Lucky Ones review – can you unravel this seven-day mystery? | Theatre

Alengthy with Tik Tok dances and residential deliveries, interactive adventures have been the hit of the pandemic. Someplace between escape rooms and immersive theatre, these on-line video games permit you to think about your self freed out of your couch and engaged within the exterior world.

They embody Hidden City, which casts you as a non-public detective searching for a prison mastermind; Agent Venture, the place you are an undercover operative tackling a corrupt firm boss; and The Mermaid’s Tongue, which asks you to cease an historical artefact falling into the mistaken arms.

The added novelty of The Lucky Ones, by the Leeds firm Riptide, is that it takes place throughout per week. By means of letters, emails, Sign messages, voice memos and movies, you turn out to be embroiled in a seven-day conspiracy.

Because the week begins, you’re invited to participate within the Happiness Undertaking, a blandly company scheme by the Capital Expertise, with its motto: “Your happiness is our main concern.” Inside 48 hours, you’re tied up in an enormous knowledge breach and a back-to-basics riot.

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Rebellion … instructions by phone.
Insurrection … directions by cellphone. {Photograph}: Mark Webster

Sooner or later, you’re hacking somebody’s e-mail account; the following, you’re trawling web sites to discover a lacking insider.

I’d hoped the prolonged timeframe would blur the road between reality and fiction – and, to an extent, it does. Final Tuesday’s headline about real-life “web sleuths” decoding a message on a Nasa parachute may have come straight from the present with its love of puzzles and ciphers. And it took some time to grasp Wednesday’s press launch about A Lovely Time was not a part of the Happiness Undertaking however information of an precise podcast.

However the present additionally insinuates itself in much less welcome methods. Normally artwork is a respite, a break from the working week. However The Lucky Ones, written by Chris O’Connor and directed by Alex Palmer, provides to the data overload.

Its every day requests for assist begin to really feel like homework. Worse, it’s the humiliating form of homework that makes proper solutions inconceivable with out assist (or was that simply me?) Telling a narrative of knowledge sabotage by means of our personal tech units is a neat concept. And because the lacking agent makes her bid for freedom, it’s pleasing to observe her around the globe. However the present is extra about proof and detective work than characters to care about, making it laborious to take a position emotionally for such a very long time.

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