You Me Bum Bum Train – London
“The first rule of You me bum bum train is don’t talk about You me bum bum train” I was told by someone before embarking on the bum bum train, but I had to write something about my surreal night. With interactive theatre taking a big leap in popularity in London recently I have been very sceptical about going myself, I am not the acting, centre of attention type person, hence why I was never good at drama at school. My friend invited me to be apart of this interactive theatre experience which is captivating loads of people, so much so that it is extremely hard to get a ticket. If you google “You, Me, Bum Bum Train” you will simply find just incredible personal reviews with the outline of the concept telling you to try and get a ticket, which helps not to ruin the surprise of the whole experience and their official website doesn’t tell you all that much either. So what can I tell you? Well, I can give you a vague outline of the experience. The ticket holders get put into scenes / scenarios which you never thought you would be in and you have to think quick and simply go with the flow. Some people discover new passions or talents which they never knew they had and some of the scenes are extremely thought provoking making you think that somethings in life are not to easy.
The uniqueness of the You Me Bum Bum train is not only in their name, but they use volunteers (an army of them) to keep the whole show running night after night. They also rely on the kindness of these volunteers to help set up the sets and get props etc. They like to keep everything as authentic looking as possible to make it a complete immersive experience. We volunteered in one of the scenes, all I can say is that my scene was realistic and everything was considered to make it as authentic as possible. The volunteers create such a friendly, community atmosphere, with lots of people who haven’t done the volunteering before and just want to see what the experience is about, and others who were working their way round each scene night after night as they want to see and be apart of the whole experience.