Audience and Press Responses


An intelligent audience-led thriller
An intelligently employed multi-media interactive element makes this something of an audience-led thriller with ideological revelations becoming as dramatic as the floods and heatwaves outside.

The List (Edinburgh festival newspaper & online)

Using game mechanics to educate and urge action is gaining huge traction this year across a variety of sectors, and 3rd Ring Out is testimony to its effectiveness. The high production values make it an exciting and deeply immersive experience, and we come out of it emotionally invested in its cause.

Fest (Edinburgh festival magazine)

Panic Room
In a cargo crate at the end of Grassmarket, Metis Arts are rehearsing the future. The idea is an impressive piece of interactive theatre, supported by advanced technology, an intense situation and a strategy board. […] The use of technology here is impressive. […] The constant interruptions from onscreen videos and the voting system for important events make the whole thing more immersive and make you feel like you are guiding the response to the ever-heightening crisis. (reviews website)

This is a really great idea, the two performers who lead us through the scenario are outstanding, and the mixed-media simulation and X Factor-style voting is neatly handled.

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian (2010)


5 stars! Smart. Inventive. Fun… GO! Andrew Nairne, Head of Arts, Arts Council England via twitter (2011)

Brilliantly conceived. I couldn’t recommend this highly enough – it was thought provoking and serious. If you’ve gorged yourself with stand up, then try this. It was the best thing at the Fringe. John Martin, audience member via (2011)

This performance gave excellent insight into our future and caused the audience to dwell, and even act on, the thoughts it provoked. This performance has the power to change cultures’ ways of thinking… intelligent, engaging and thought provoking.
Audience member, Watford, via audience questionnaire (2011)

It really made me think about the ramifications not really of ecological issues but more to do generally with disasters and the complexity of how services would/should respond.  One’s practical and moral responsibility and reaction.  It was intriguing to make choices about how to deploy resources only to find that others involved in the simulation were diametrically opposed to my decisions.
Sue Emmas, Associate Artistic Director, Young Vic via audience questionnaire (2011)

This was one of the most unique theatre experiences I have had for a long time – it does use climate change as a backdrop to the narrative but for me it was really about being put in a position to face up to the difficult moral decisions that have to be made in a time of crisis. Kris Wilkes, Guardian Website, July 2010

@northernstage @3rdRingOut was excellent last night, really immersive, can’t wait to see how the other units voted! Eye opening for sure…
Cazz Devil, May 2010

What a unique, fab idea
Audience member, Watford, via audience questionnaire

…You obviously knew it wasn’t real, but also because of all the research that had gone into it – I think it was a game, but it was a kind of game of seeing the future and it could happen so although you could have fun with it now and see what happens if you make this decision, in the future people aren’t going to be able to see what’s going to happen, because it’s not a game then.
Year 9 pupil, St. Bede’s School, Cambridge (2010)

3RO has been something which has already permeated our classroom consciousness and which has already been mentioned a few times this term during their discussions for possible staging ideas and methods. Take it from me, for the average fourteen year-old to be still talking about something they saw in June… that is high praise indeed!
Adrian Watts, Head of Expressive Arts, St Bede’s School, Cambridge