|Crazy experimental theatre
||[Jun. 10th, 2013|03:52 pm]
Nothing more than a footnote
To my list of things that mean I enjoy a play / theatre production I now need to add:
3) That it provides an interesting experience
Saturday evening David and I went to see a play. You know its not going to be standard production when the ticket arrives without a location for the production, but instead with instructions to meet on a random intersection in the Northern Quarter!
The Library Theatre are using the time while their official theatre is under renovation to do some more unusual theatre productions in all kinds of crazy places. I have been highly enjoying these productions for the opportunity to nosy around places I would not otherwise have access to, as much as the productions themselves. The production we were seeing was Manchester Sound : The Massacre and it did not disappoint.
We met on the random street corner and were surrounded by other bemused theatre patrons (I even recognised Maxine Peake as one of our fellow theatre goers, though was obviously too polite to go bug her and do the whole "OMG I am such a fan of your work" thing). Shortly after it seemed we were back in 1989 as a gaggle of appropriately dressed rave goers arrived, blasting out the dance hits of 1989 on their boombox! They led us on a meander around the Northern Quarter looking for the "Rave" (and some interplay between the characters to provide us with some information about them and character development) before we found ourselves at a warehouse building which was clearly under renovation into offices, but had been turned into the "Rave venue" for the performance, over 4 different floors. Having never been to a Rave back in 1989 I can't guarantee its authenticity, but it seemed they had done a good job. The DJ pumped up the tunes, the actors danced, the theatre go-ers looked a tad uncomfortable. The DJ handed out "E" to the gathering (actually skittles) and the madness began!
At first the 1989 Rave actors and performance was separate from the 1819 Peterloo Massacre actors and performance, but as the productions went on (and presumably as our skittles kicked in) the action became more merged with the two sets of actors interacting, talking and drawing out the parallels and differences between the two time periods. Tension mounted, and the performance culminated with the massacre / raid of the Rave by the police as we were attacked by 19th Century cavalry officers in full uniform, bearing sabres and 1980s style riot shields.
It was a strange, exciting and interesting experience and if you get a chance to see it before it ends on the 6th July I would recommend it.