There is only one show that you have to pay for in this year’s Greenwich and Docklands International Festival but it should be a good one. Beginning with an overheard conversation on a bus, ‘Passenger’ takes the form on an intimate journey around the Royal Docks. It was a hit in Australia so well worth checking out its UK premiere. There is plenty else to see in the wider festival too, which offers a feast of mostly free outdoor theatre shows. The brilliant Transe Express will fly over your heads with the help of a giant chandelier in Woolwich, Teatro dei Venti bring Moby Dick to Guildhall Yard in the City of London and this weekend sees the family friendly Greenwich Fair with loads of quality outdoor performances from classy outfits such as Gandini Juggling, Mimbre, Candoco, Upswing, Action Hero and more.
A conversation between two passengers on a bus is the starting point for this intimate yet epic story set against the background of a journey through London’s Royal Docks. First seen in Melbourne, where it was described by Arts Hub as “a brilliantly crafted story that thrusts you into a live-action cinematic experience”, Passenger blurs the line between reality and fiction in an immersive and all-encompassing experience.