Posts Tagged ‘Immersive’

Is audience participation killing theatre?

Theatre is defined by many unwritten rules.  When you first go to the theatre, these rules are unclear, on etiquette, what to wear, how to react to the performance.  On the few occasions I’ve been to a classical music concert I have struggled to understand when to clap; why is it encouraged after a big… Continue Reading →

How far should audience interaction go (or I hate dancing in public)?

In the light of Operation Black Antler from Blast Theory/Hydrocracker I’ve had a nagging thought.  What responsibility does a theatre company have to its audience in terms of the extent to which they need to interact? In live performance, some activities are optional and to some extent there are rules.  You don’t sit on the… Continue Reading →

Operation Black Antler

There was a moment in Operation Black Antler (from Blast Theory/Hydrocracker and HOME) where I and one of my undercover team finally get an introduction to one of the key people in the operation we are trying to infiltrate.  It’s been hard work persuading our contact to believe that we are sufficiently committed to their… Continue Reading →

Chrysalis/The Factory

As immersive theatre becomes increasingly popular, the Royal Exchange Theatre Young Company bring a very original and different experience to the Swan Street Studio.  The Factory sees a large part of the building transformed into a commercial enterprise – Chrysalis – that produces ethically sourced food and cosmetics.  However the truth is much deeper. Structured as much like a… Continue Reading →

Shakers

As you enter the Hope Mill Bar the cast are already waiting at tables.  Buy a drink, or a token for a cocktail and find a seat.  There’s good attention to detail, glow sticks, menus with cast bios, sweets in cocktail glasses.  There’s a one to one briefing from a waitress about what will happen;… Continue Reading →