The gerund noun of the title of Bricolage’s new immersive encounter – The Clearing – is deliberately ambiguous. It’s both the (noun) space you enter and explore and the (gerund verb) activity you engage in as part of the performance.
Taking place in the same environment the team created for their sensory-friendly children’s show The Forest of Everywhere, the adult-oriented The Clearing takes advantage of the soothing, meditative quality of the space to provide an opportunity for introspection and mental attic-airing. Bricolage has done some light repurposing of the space, turning it into a quietly otherwordly environment that feels strange and mood-altering: you’re not, so to speak, in Kansas anymore. But you are in a place where, through small encounters with both the magical world and the actors who inhabit it, you may find yourself inching closer towards mental clarity.
What’s on offer here is a small journey into your own relationship to fear, worry, anxiety, truth, lies, and betrayal – which means that (as with each of the immersive works Bricolage has created to date) your experience will be unique, personal, idiosyncratic, and quite possibly – as was my case – uncannily refreshing.