Five characters: black tied, bejewelled, scrubbed up and groomed to perfection – make their way to a glitzy event. Whatever it is they are going to; someone clearly is keen to get them there. Flights, chauffeured Mercs, lavish hotels - no expense has been spared.
On arrival at a converted factory they are ushered through doors then lead into an immense room and told to take the lift. But the lift never comes.
After a while they realize
the room is slowly
It emerges that their invitations are each different and have been custom made to appeal to their vanity or greed. It is not long before they realize that they all know a charismatic and talented engineer called Joe Blake.
While they mount attempts to escape the room they confess, with varying degrees of willingness, what they have done to inspire Joe’s cold and calculating fury. What unfolds are a series of tales of heartless betrayal against a brilliant young man who cared little for money and success and placed all his trust in love and friendship. When these confessions fail to halt the shrinking room they try again to escape using wedges built by the engineer amongst them. Confronted with the horrible prospect of being crushed to death the veneer of sophistication and civilization collapses and, like rats in a trap, they begin to turn on each other with brutal violence.
But who is the bronchial, diabetic old security guard who has been trapped with them?
…and is Joe Blake really listening to them or is he already dead?
…and will the semi-retired police detective, making his leisurely way across town, arrive in time to stop them all being compacted into a bloody pulp?
Playing on one of our most common and visceral fears Implode offers an experience of continually mounting terror and tension as the space the characters inhabit gets smaller and smaller.