Just in Time (Site Specific)

October 28, 2013


Anyone who ever wanted to star in their own action adventure movie could do so in Máiréad Ní Chróinín’s Just in Time, where audience members were requested by an organisation 200 years in the future to infiltrate the terrorist group La Muerta, who’ve taken umbrage with said organisations eradication of disease and old age. The fountain of everlasting youth has become the sole preserve for the wick of the rich and as you race around Temple Bar and its surrounding areas, meeting informers and gathering information, you must weigh up in your own mind whether you are on the side of good or evil or indeed which is which.

As the rising score builds to a crescendo, seemingly innocent passers-by play their own part in messing with your already paranoid delusions and as you weigh up the moral conundrums faced in a dystopian tomorrow, it’s impossible not to be filled with a building, childlike glee.

The whole thing requires the use of a smart phone and my only qualm with the piece was that the app required kept malfunctioning. It didn’t affect the telling of the tale in any real way, but it did take me out of the world more than I would have liked. Still, gifting play time to adults, without dumbing down its theatrical merit, Ní Chróinín’s hand is an exciting one to watch.

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