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
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
I think of Fast & Loose as the Thanksgiving moment of Accidental’s theatre year: An annual gathering time. Moments of high-stress and hilarity shared among (very suddenly formed!) families. A ton of preparation for a single meal. Lots of upheaval and novelty (who the fcuk will show up this year? what the fcuk will they be doing?) supported by a rock-solid structure and a good helping of tradition. Tiffs and bickering on the avenue to something delectable.Read More
Next week sees the return of Fast & Loose, Accidental's transatlantically adopted 24 hour plays project. This will be the second year we're bringing it to the Lyric and the 7th year that Fast & Loose has been produced in Belfast. It originated with Sacred Fools Theater Company based in Los Angeles and Emily had it packed in her suitcase when she landed in the UK.
Aloha, saintfully patient scriptwriters who responded to Accidental's 2013 open call for submissions.
We didn't know what to expect when we sat down with almost 180 new plays from around the world to chew on ... Deadly hourglasses, evil electric ducks, a Belfast drag queen, a mystery in the loneliest town on the rail line, a mixed-race white supremacist, rhyming pirates, a love story about a fish, hunting for cyborgs, stolen flowers, a halal butcher, incest in a military family, a wandering statue of Saint Brendan, and a treatise on the perils of surrealism in a 1950s high school - to name only a sliver of the stories we saw.Read More