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The Way Out review – join Omid Djalili on a whirl through wonderland


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The labyrinthine corridors of Battersea Arts Centre become a rabbit hole of live acts in this bewitching single-take film

The Way Out, part of the BBC’s Performance Live strand, is set within the bricks-and-mortar reality of Battersea Arts Centre, with a camera capturing the drama in one unbroken shot. This might have given the 40-minute film a gritty, documentary feel but the story quickly slips into less solid space and drops down a rabbit hole.

Our latter-day Alice (Bláithín Mac Gabhann), named only as the Outsider, enters the building at night to find it alive with entertainment. The white rabbit figure is played by Omid Djalili, a Guide dressed in the red coat and hat of an impresario, and Wonderland is what Mac Gabhann finds along the labyrinthine corridors and halls of the arts venue.

Available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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