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The Candidate

  • Theatre Delicatessen 119 Farringdon Rd London, EC1R United Kingdom (map)

Apr 29 - May 16

Wednesday - Saturday (7:15pm/8.30pm), 45/50 mins


Behind closed doors is an opportunity to change the game.  Your candidate needs you to participate in a unique polling session, helping to shape his ideals, policy and image. He can be whatever you want him to be, make the promises you need him to make, and carefully adjust how he looks to suit your taste. 

Perception is at the forefront of politics, and the digital age leaves no stone unturned in the quest to satisfy our hunger for information - not only as commentary on current affairs, but also as a leisure activity, shaping our perspective, exposing us to selective aspects of politics and mutating public figures into mass entertainment. The Candidate explores the complex relationship between the public and its prospective leaders. Delving into the draw to power, and the new, malleable means by which to grasp it, The Candidate traces the journey of a prospective leader as a pawn in his own game using the public as co-conspirators; but at its core is the key question - who is playing whom?

The Lab Collective create performance to engage, challenge and thrill our audiences. The work they make is intended to heighten the audience’s experience by breaking the barrier between the performer and spectator, whether this be an intimate one on one experience, or a larger scale performance. Much of their work is socially and politically engaged and asks questions about issues which impact us all, giving a voice to unheard stories – told not only by the performers – but by the audience themselves.


“socio-political theatre at its best” (Broadway Baby)

 “The Collective has become a master of playing with its audience, adapting characters so to have maximum impact on their spectators (...) The Collective is not just putting on a performance, it is drawing on the audience, removing the spectator/actor barrier and talking with people about issues that matter. It sounds horribly refreshing and what theatre desperately needs.” (A Younger Theatre)

 “An intriguing theatrical experience that will keep you engaged throughout” 
(The Public Reviews)


Earlier Event: April 14
Ladies GoDiva Bare All!
Later Event: April 30
The People Vs Democracy