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Richard James, Tom Jenkinson et al: A Taste Of Wonderland, Ministry Of Sound, London

Rob Young, The Wire, September 1997

AH, A DUMBSHOW — now that's entertainment. In the middle of the floor in the largest of the Ministry Of Sound's three shapeless spaces, the Queen of Hearts, on stilts, is waging the mother of all croquet matches against a similarly stilt-mounted, pouting opponent. A living deck of cards is bending over backwards — literally — to ensure the Queen wins. They've been 'painting the roses red' all over the Ministry as well: the dancefloor has been tricked out with mild hallucinogenic (read: nauseously discoloured) papier mache flora, polyvinyl foliage and plaster tree trunks — the kind of decor favoured by now defunct clubs like Megatripolis, where clubbers used to kid themselves they were getting rootsy.

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