PUNCHDRUNK IN NEW YORK

Punchdrunk in New York
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PUNCHDRUNK IN NEW YORK



Written by Tshepo Mokoena
Photos and illustrations by Thom Kaine, Gallow Green Player
17 Thursday 17th March 2011

It's every hedonist's wet dream turned into interactive theatre: a beautiful hotel (aptly located in Theatreland) becomes the voyeuristic scene of a drama that unfolds around them. This can only be the work of Punchdrunk, a theatre production company who don't really give a crap about the conventions of performance.

 
Instead theirs is a world where you think you've gone to see a play, certainly do see a whole lot of something, then you look around and realise you're one of the players too. They've taken their immersive show to the W Hotel in London's Leicester Square and turned an exclusive exploratory theatre experience into what sounds like the least pretentious version of that ever made possible. With that impressive feat under their belts they're now onto the next: New York City.
 
 
The McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea will be the next site to both delight and confuse audience members. The hotel's been transformed into a collection of over a hundred rooms, with a taxidermy room and set of secret passages rumoured to be hidden features.
 
 
It looks likely to follow a similar format where viewers weave through the storyline from one part of the hotel to the next; the fun will then start when the plot starts to involve them too. There's just a great element of childlike excitement to that sort of impromptu playtime, and Sleep No More looks to bring it to life.
 
 
The night is devised and directed by Felix Barrett, Maxine Doyle, and the New York event looks to have Hitchcock Rear Window-ness written all over it. Beauty and voyeurism with a cat-and-mouse chase between audience and cast are bound to entertain for at least one of the three hours that each 'show' typically runs for.
 
 
The flowing style of the night also points towards ending at the hotel bar, which will probably bring cast and audience members even closer after their shared experience. After causing such a stir here in London we predict greatness across the pond. 
 
 
Sleep No More runs in New York City from March 7th to April 16th, and you can see more about it on the show's site.
 
hhIt's every hedonist's wet dream turned into interactive theatre: a beautiful hotel (aptly located in Theatreland) becomes the voyeuristic scene of a drama that unfolds around them. This can only be the work of Punchdrunk, a theatre production company who don't really give a crap about the conventions of performance.
 
Instead theirs is a world where you think you've gone to see a play, certainly do see a whole lot of something, then you look around and realise you're one of the players too. They've taken their immersive show to the W Hotel in London's Leicester Square and turned an exclusive exploratory theatre experience into what sounds like the least pretentious version of that ever made possible. With one impressive feat under their belts they're now onto the next: New York City.
 
The McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea will be the next site to both delight and confuse audience members. The hotel's been transformed into a collection of over a hundred rooms, with a taxidermy room and set of secret passages rumoured to be hidden features. It looks likely to follow a similar format where viewers weave through the storyline from one part of the hotel to the next; the fun will then start when the plot starts to involve them too. There's just a great element of childlike excitement to that sort of impromptu playtime, and "Sleep No More" looks to bring it to life. The night is devised and directed by Felix Barrett, Maxine Doyle, and the New York night looks to have Hitchcock Rear Window-ness written all over it. Beauty and voyeurism with a cat-and-mouse chase between audience and cast are bound to entertain for at least one of the three hours that each 'show' typically runs for.
 
The flowing style of the night also points towards ending at the hotel bar, which will probably bring cast and audience members even closer after their shared experience. After causing such a stir here in London we predict greatness across the pond. 
 
Sleep No More runs from March 7th to April 16th, and you can see more about it on the Punchdrunk site.
 
It's every hedonist's wet dream turned into interactive theatre: a beautiful hotel (aptly located in Theatreland) becomes the voyeuristic scene of a drama that unfolds around them. This can only be the work of Punchdrunk, a theatre production company who don't really give a crap about the conventions of performance.
 
Instead theirs is a world where you think you've gone to see a play, certainly do see a whole lot of something, then you look around and realise you're one of the players too. They've taken their immersive show to the W Hotel in London's Leicester Square and turned an exclusive exploratory theatre experience into what sounds like the least pretentious version of that ever made possible. With one impressive feat under their belts they're now onto the next: New York City.
 
The McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea will be the next site to both delight and confuse audience members. The hotel's been transformed into a collection of over a hundred rooms, with a taxidermy room and set of secret passages rumoured to be hidden features. It looks likely to follow a similar format where viewers weave through the storyline from one part of the hotel to the next; the fun will then start when the plot starts to involve them too. There's just a great element of childlike excitement to that sort of impromptu playtime, and "Sleep No More" looks to bring it to life. The night is devised and directed by Felix Barrett, Maxine Doyle, and the New York night looks to have Hitchcock Rear Window-ness written all over it. Beauty and voyeurism with a cat-and-mouse chase between audience and cast are bound to entertain for at least one of the three hours that each 'show' typically runs for.
 
The flowing style of the night also points towards ending at the hotel bar, which will probably bring cast and audience members even closer after their shared experience. After causing such a stir here in London we predict greatness across the pond. 
 
Sleep No More runs from March 7th to April 16th, and you can see more about it on the Punchdrunk site.

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