The Ted Bundy Project – Shoreditch Town Hall
The Ted Bundy Project could not have had a better setting then at Shoreditch Town Hall. As the main space was turned into a polling station, we were directed downstairs into a dimly lit bar and then ushered through the Town Hall’s labyrinth of underground rooms to the performance. With the peeling paint, bare bulbs and layers of history, even going to the toilet in this space is terrifying, let alone an eerie show about one of America’s most notorious serial killers.
Inspired by Bundy’s confession tapes, which are now readily available on youtube, Greg Wohead explores the facts surrounding Bundy’s first murder, speculations into the victim’s state of mind and his own imagined acts of violence. The whole performance is handled with great care and tact, never becoming sensationalist or taking liberties with the truth. Instead, Wohead turns the attention on to the audience by describing other recordings of violent crimes, again readily available on the web, and tapping into our desire to see the worst part of human nature.
It’s actually quite a horrendous sensation to find yourself morbidly curious about this violence and casts light on to why serial killers and murders hold a strange fascination over us. It certainly helps that Wohead’s unassuming nature and supposed humbleness lures the audience into a fall sense of security and by the end of the performance his actions and dialogue, which at the start of the show originally induced giggles, turns into something extremely uncomfortable and dark.
I warn you, this is not a ‘fun’ night out. After leaving the show I was genuinely shaken and nothing short of a glass of wine, episode of Friends and hug would put me right again. But then, isn’t that what makes great theatre? Walking away with a new perspective, thought or feeling? The Ted Bundy Project is an incredibly strong piece of work; seductive in its delivery and disturbing in its nature, this is one that will stay with me for a while.
Reviewed by Roz Carter
Photo: Alex Brenner