Immersive theatre is a slippery beast, a serious sea-monster for a dramaturg to wrangle. To stick with the sea: if a traditional staged play is a trip to the aquarium, immersive theatre is more like snorkelling. You can watch interactions from afar, choose how close you get to the wildlife (absolutely no sharks, we promise!), stay on the surface or dive a little deeper if you see a fish you want to follow. But no matter what route you choose, you’re there in the water. There’s no glass between the audience and the action.Read More
We’re more than halfway through the devising process for The Lost Martini and the excitement of meeting the cast and crew, initial days of discoveries about their characters, and capturing all our ideas on the post-it-covered walls have given way to an inkling of terror as each day on the calendar is crossed off, moving us swiftly to opening night on 10 March. We didn’t start with a script; we had images, burning ideas, character dossiers, music and lots and lots of different colored post-its.Read More
This month Accidental starts rehearsing our new project, The Lost Martini. A new adventure for Accidental in our continued drive to explore new stories and different ways of telling them. With this new show we've aimed to create something special, that embraces lots of ideas and inspirations to make a multi-layered performance. In immersive theatre the central narrative story can get lost, overpowered by the exploration elements of the performance. We always want the story to be at the centre of our work, it grabs you and draws you into a new world. With The Lost Martini we've combined our new writing and story making skills with this exciting immersive theatre format to create a new experience for audiences...Read More
I woke up feeling pretty spectacularly awful. Radio 4 never helps.
Top news story: Mid-term election in the US went exactly as expected for anyone who knows about our politics: incumbent president's party is hammered, most people don't bother their arses to vote, ghastly amounts of money are thrown around by corporations and nefarious neocons. Joyful, really.Read More