The Danish Theatre company launch its digital theatre project with this chilling and ambitious drama by Nanna Berner.
Not simply content to produce digital theatre as other companies have during lockdown, Teater V is more interested in creating theatre that is specifically designed to fit around the technology we have been embracing over the last few months. Given the thrilling nature of its first venture it will be intriguing to see what the theatre company does next.
Written by Nanna Berner, Safe Space is clearly inspired by many of the television thrillers that have been exciting audiences over the last few years and is a tight and consistent story that is throughly engaging.
The story begins with Ena as she is doing a live stream explaining how she received a mysterious package in the post that contains something that completely disturbs her. This is a live stream with a difference with only certain people allowed to be a part of it, unfolding a story that has plenty of twists and turns along the way.
Director Pelle Koppel cleverly manages to use cameras and technology to give a real sense of intimacy to the piece and adding to the tense atmosphere that becomes increasingly gripping as the story goes on.
Playing for just 55 minutes, there are certain moments that could have been tightened up a bit more, particularly with regards to some of the characters monologues that can feel slightly repetitive in places. This can be seen towards the middle of the play which just seems to lose its focus – which would have been helped with a bit more depth to characters such as Ene and Luka whose friendship could have been a bit more pivotal in what happens.
This being said, the cast all deliver highly engaging performances, with Fillipa Suenson as Ene offering a chilling but engaging performance that highlight’s the character’s deep resentment, loneliness and insecurity. Elsewhere, Lucia Vinde Dirchsen as Alma effectively captures the increasing terror and uncertainty that the audience themselves feel as numerous twists and turns take place.
Filled with great intensity and drama, Safe Space has plenty of potential but needs perhaps a stronger focus towards the centre to keep the audience thoroughly engaged. This being said, it is still a thrilling watch.
By Emma Clarendon
Safe Space runs until the 10th September. For more information visit: https://www.future-v.dk/en/forestilling/safe-space/