Friday, 1 February 2013

Sleep No More

Today (30th) Mum was feeling pretty under the weather as she's come down with a bit of a cold, so we decided to chill out at home during the day, as we had tickets to the famed Sleep No More. It was weirdly warm outside, almost 13 degrees C.

In the evening, we trained it into the city and found the McKittrick Hotel. Sleep No More is an interactive theatre experience, loosely based on Macbeth. 'An Experience' doesn't even begin to describe this piece of theatre. it takes place in a five level building, completely designated to the performance. The audience walks through at their own pace, wearing masks, going through the levels and rooms, viewing different scenes. There is no order. There is no program. It is unclear who each character is, except for key scenes, but you don't necessarily see those scenes. It's incredibly hard to explain it. I suggest you look it up and read some reviews to get a better understanding. But it was incredibly powerful and thought provoking. It was theatre in a way I have never heard of theatre being performed or viewed. The set was mind blowingly amazing, every actor was unwaveringly committed to their characters and the music backdrop was eery, moody, creepy and fantastic. I want to see it five times. Every audience member has a different experience. I wish I could articulate this performance better!

All I can say is that I feel privileged to have seen it!

Here are some photos from online sources.


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