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Flight (Vox Motus)

From 18 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Clever, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

About the show

The McKittrick Hotel announces this North American premiere, an original form of theatrical story-telling direct from an award-winning run at The Edinburgh International Festival.

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Two young orphaned brothers embark on a desperate odyssey to freedom and safety. With their small inheritance stitched into their clothes, they set off on an epic journey across Europe, in a heart-wrenching road story of terror, hope and survival. 'Flight' brings you up close and intimate to this heartbreaking story in a unique, deeply individual experience. You will watch the action unfold on images and models slowly moving in front of you, with speech and music conveyed through your own individual headphones. Based on British playwright Oliver Emanuel’s adaptation of 'Hinterland,' a 2012 novel by Caroline Brothers.

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Member Reviews (18)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Clever, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing
75
Avg Score

88
Absorbing, Effective, Not a performance but still a rare show of theatrical storytelling, Creative, In a separate art realm sort of like puppetry

See it if you like the visual arts—i.e., considering how materials/techniques achieve associations bigger than the tangible piece.

Don't see it if uninterested in theater pros other than actors telling stories; you rely on the absence of production elements to signal quality.

Also Maybe the most memorable show I’ve seen on the risk & uncertainty peop... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Relevant, Intense

See it if Beautiful yet depressing story told with exquisite models in a personal environment

Don't see it if Want live acting? Then this is not for you.

77
Beautiful diorama/installation, but not theatre, Relevant, Exquisite design, Technically impressive

See it if you are prepared for a solitary viewing experience, with audio delivered through headphones, of a moving series of intricate dioramas

Don't see it if you believe theatre needs to be a collective experience; the isolation is no doubt part of the experience, but communality is essential

Also This is a 3-D graphic novel with recorded audio. And while the design ... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Profound, Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see an installation piece. It definitely is not "theatre" as one would call it, more so an art piece. Beautiful set models.

Don't see it if You are expecting live action, or are bothered by wearing headphones.

83
Ambitious, Detached, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Masterful

See it if you're ok with theater taking all forms, and not necessarily being a live, or even communal, experience.

Don't see it if you don't like small, dark, tight spaces - you don't want to be on your own for the hour of "seeing" the show.

51
Underwhelming, Disappointing

See it if You like animation

Don't see it if You want to see theater, this is mismarketed.

Also It should be marketed as what it is and not shrouded in secracacy. The... Read more Read less

77
Clever, Different, Artistic, Diorama?

See it if You are OK with different definitions of "theatre". This is not actors on a stage or around you. You need to let your imagination guide yo.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit isolated for 45 minutes with headphones on.

Also I did NO research as to what this show was about before attending. Was... Read more Read less

71
Clever, Overrated, Slow

See it if You want something different and inactive.

Don't see it if You expect to leave with a new outlook on life.

70
Clever, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if you appreciate great storytelling and are looking for a unique experience

Don't see it if you are claustrophobic and want a night of "proper" theatre

Also It's hard to score this like a regular show because it's far from it. ... Read more Read less

88
Ambitious, Riveting

See it if You are open to a new theater experience combining physical art and word in a unique nontheater setting. Headset, diorama, dark room & you.

Don't see it if You do not like experimental theater or are irritated by cliche-ridden texts. Story itself far less well done than how it is presented

60
Slow, Cliched, Meh

See it if If you like dioramas and miniatures.

Don't see it if If you want a more nuanced story about migration.

Also Not exactly what I expected -- but I was game. It's a solitary experie... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in different ways to tell a story or are interested in the plight of refugees

Don't see it if you are looking for a conventional drama. this is not a live performance

Also It is not a live performance but it is done in an elegant way, depicti... Read more Read less

90
Atmospheric, Avant garde, Handcrafted, Must see, Emerging theatre

See it if you enjoy dioramas, compelling stories, experimental theatre, or having a library corral all to yourself during a show sounds appealing.

Don't see it if you're sensitive to topics such as sexual assault and child trauma or you expect theatre to remain within the confines of tradition.

Also A truly remarkable transfer from Edinburgh, I think those who have not... Read more Read less

30
Clever, Depressing, Intense, Excruciating

See it if you like different types of theatre, love refugee stories

Don't see it if You like fantastic story telling and want a riveting piece of theatre

Also I get that the concept was supposed to be very unique and it was. The ... Read more Read less

65
This is an art installation, not a theatre piece.

See it if you want to experience an art installation in an interesting format. Unique storytelling ... but not a theatre piece.

Don't see it if you're expecting a theatrical performance.

Also to me, this is not theatre (hard to score). FLIGHT is the story of two... Read more Read less

91
Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Resonant

See it if You want to see a story with no physical actors. Love a story-centric piece.

Don't see it if Can not handle sexual violence. Prefer a lot of action on the part of actors.

95
Absorbing, Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy really taking something in. Told in a series of still dioramas, each one deserves contemplation.

Don't see it if you want a fast-moving plot, sharp dialogue, or extended scenes. Each scene and even the characters are lightly sketched.

Also This is the story of two refugee boys from Afghanistan. It is touching... Read more Read less

70
Cliched, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you want to experience a really unique art piece.

Don't see it if you are expecting live theatre. It's more like an art piece than theatre. Nothing is live.


February 12th, 2018
"Intricately designed yet with no live performers, it is arguably not even theater. But it is pulse-pounding, immersive storytelling, strange and exquisite and intensely affecting...The richly colored, minutely detailed visuals are the wonder of 'Flight'...There are many shows that you leave feel...
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February 12th, 2018
"An unusual and daring way of telling a story, and, in truth, it is more effective in conveying the sweep of the brothers' tale than in elucidating individual moments...Some of this may be due to the storytelling method, which militates against a certain level of gritty detail. Still, 'Flight' is...
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February 15th, 2018
"The complexity of the issue doesn't always mesh nicely with a form of storytelling that relies on distilling moments to still images. The story proceeds as a series of beats to hit, rather than fully formed episodes, and the characters feel undeveloped below the surface level. Where the story fe...
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February 20th, 2018
“The narrative…has frequent ellipses that fail to explain transitional gaps…, and we have to fill these in ourselves…However well-done 'Flight' is, it's easier to become absorbed in its artfulness than to become as deeply invested in it emotionally as would be the case were it…a movie…'Flight,' d...
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