You could blame it on the technical glitches or the inevitable distractions of a working wholesale market: the repetitive bleeps of reversing lorries, the rumble of overhead trains, the hazard-beacons of whizzing fork-lift trucks, or even the smell of citrus emanating from fruit crates. But these were, if anything, the main inducements to stay the four-hour course; reminders of the ghost of a good idea lurking somewhere in Paul Hilder's project.
Despite the spectacularly opaque dialogue, it wasn't hard to get the gist of things. At the centre of the story lay a conflict between media baron Abraham and his son (a misanthropic stand-up comedian called Isaac, obsessed with his double, Sir Walter Raleigh's son). The aged tycoon wanted to get the whole of London surfing the Net in order to resurrect the spirit of his dead wife at the possible cost of human life and, er, a coral bed in the Thames. Enter a band of eco-warriors, under the command of a wheel-chairbound woman haunted by dreams of her ancestor, Raleigh's "illegitimate daughter Eve".
Add to that some techno and unsupple dance and you have what? The dramatic equivalent of a parody of something by Iain Sinclair in his sleep staged by a bunch of sixth-formers. A shame. A real shame.Reuse content