Interview: WHIST Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells @Sadlers_Wells @AoiEsteban

On the 19th June I am off to see Whilst at the Lilian Baylis Studio. This production is described as an experience which merges physical theatre, interactive Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and an art installation, in an environment that blurs the boundaries between consciousness and unconsciousness, reality and fiction, the physical and the virtual, exploring the story from one of the 76 different perspectives.WHIST+12+Lo

I work in technology so when I heard AR and VR mixed with immersive theatre and what appears to be a make your own adventure book – I had to find out more.

I interviewed Aoi Nakamura and Esteban Fourmi, the founders of AΦE and the creators of the show.

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Interview: Owen Kingston – Writer and Director or King and Country @Thecolabfactory until 10th June @_Parabolic_ @ColabF #ImmersiveTheatre #ForKingAndCountry

It’s December 1940 and a Nazi invasion force has landed on the south coast of England.
For King & Country offers audiences a chance to immerse themselves in this gaming style
experience where decisions taken in the bunker will shape the course of history!
Michael Thomas, Zoe Flint, Peter Dewhurst, Christopher Russenberger and Edward Andrews in For King and Country, courtesy of Owen Kingston_previewReinventing the wheel of immersive theatre, Parabolic Theatre present an escape room-like experience with a high level of interaction where the audience determines the direction and flow of the story.

Before we attend, we got the chance to speak to the Director, Owen Kingston, about what we should expect

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Upcoming Shows and interview with Josephine Shipp, Producer of Baby Box, at the King’s Head Theatre now .@KingsHeadThtr ‏@LLMcGrady ‏@SleeplessTC @SarahJCullum #WhoRunsTheWorld @JosephineShipp

Playhouse Pickings sat down with Josephine Shipp, Producer of Baby Box, to talk about chronic pain.

Are the males in your life grossed out by your period? Do you hide your tampon up your sleeve when you go to the bathroom? Whilst angry have you been subjected to the, “are you on your period?” comment? I suspect that, if you’re a woman with a vagina, you’ve probably answered yes, yes and yes to the three questions above – which really is quite depressing, if you think about it.

Issues like periods and female sexual pain live behind closed doors. They’re discussed in hushed tones behind hands – “do you have a tampon? I just came on.” baby-boxHeartbreakingly, when it comes to female pelvic pain, it is often never mentioned at all even to the best of friends, out of fear, shame and the worry of disgusting or displeasing the men in our lives. Sex should be pleasurable for everyone involved, and if it’s not, you should be able to discuss it openly, not just grit your teeth, go through unbearable amounts of pain, make the noises and hope it finishes quickly. #LieBackAndThinkOfEngland – we’ve all heard the saying before, and it’s quietly depressing. Modern society has moved past having to wear skirts that cover our ankles, we’re no longer required to be housewives first (not that making a full-time job out of raising the next generation of humans isn’t kickass), and we got the right to vote. So shouldn’t all that mean that we should be at a place where we can mention painful sex and the monthly visit from Aunt Flo without half the population cringing in fear? Apparently not.

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Interview: Kate March – An Evening of Meat @iam_concepts @thevaultsuk

On 27th March 2018, An Evening of Meat is launched at Waterloo Vaults. It is a unique and provocative dinner installation – described as a feast of femininity where expressive dance and indulgent food meet to thoroughly inundate all the senses. Having gained a cult following across the world, download (3)American director Kate March along with her all-female creative collective, I AM, brings her unique mixture of choreography, performance art and food to London for a limited run this Spring.

I’ll be going along in a couple of weeks to experience the fine-dining menu and dancers using a table as a stage, and  I cannot wait to see what’s held in store for me. Before that though, I was lucky enough to speak to Kate about I AM, the show, and what is next for her and the company.

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Interview: Trapped In A Van @trappedldn

You’re normally so careful. Or, maybe you’ve just been lucky up until now. You never thought you’d get caught. And yet, here you are, on your way to Pentonville. Prison_Escape_the_Room_bpyl1yWell, you can’t have that, can you? Prison orange really doesn’t suit you…

First step: Stop the van.

Second step: Escape.

Third step: Retire to the Bahamas.

You and your gang have been arrested and found guilty. A life sentence at HM Prison Pentonville awaits you all. Can you stop the van and escape within 60 minutes or will you be trapped forever behind bars?

The Trapped in a Room team’s most recent room sees you trapped in a refurbished prison van (don’t worry, you aren’t really detained or arrested) Currently located at Bunker 51 near North Greenwich, they’re moving to a more central site in the former athlete’s village in Stratford and I am lucky enough to be going when that happens.

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News and interview: Nina Conti, the Caring Stage Mother of Cyborgs part 1 @ninaconti @newwimbtheatre

Hearing the voice of Nina Conti is normal. But when it is coming from your phone it is a little strange. You normally hear it when you can see Nina Conti, but are being lead, through suggestion and stage craft, to not think it is 30700_fullcoming from her mouth but instead that of one of her puppet friends or, more recently, unsuspecting audience members. But this isn’t that, this is a phone. I may be overthinking things because I am pleased and surprised to be talking to someone of whom I am a fan.
I have been a fan for many years, I’ll take care of my bias on Monday when I review Conti’s show ‘In Your Face’ but for now let’s be clear that she is cool, and this has a lot to do with the fact that her work is interesting, and constantly subverts the form of the tools and techniques she employs.

Interview: Suz Mountfort and Kerry Adamson @gingerline @ChambersofFlav


 I was lucky enough to get a few minutes with Gingerline’s creators to ask how they go about what they do. Im also even more lucky to be able to say that tonight I am off to a taster session of the newest installment of Chambers of Flavour – a multi dimensional immersive food and drink experience which comes to London in September

What made you decide to mix theatre with food and drink?

gingerline-2My partner, Kerry Adamson, and are both have a huge love for amazing food, great performance and unusual experiences. I’m a massive foodie, and Kerry is a performance artist so to us it made sense to combine our two worlds in order to create what was initially amazing dinner parties which would transform the way people eat out. We started out in our kitchen hosting pop-up supper clubs playing around with this performance meets art meets music meets food and along the way invented what is now popularly known as ‘immersive dining’ and what Gingerline is now today.

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Interview: Shadowlands – @Richmondtheatre @shadowlandstour  

 Tonight, Playhouse Pickings is off to Richmond Theatre to see this exciting new national tour of Shadowlands about C.S. Lewis, a moving drama about life, loss and love. Telling the story of the real-life relationship between CS Lewis, Oxford don, Christian apologist and author of the Narnia stories,4625567258_901x1319 and an American poet who began by writing him fan letters, only to become terminally ill just as Lewis discovered his true feelings for her. I can only imagine the tears that will  be shed.

In the meantime, Stephen Boxer, taking on the role of C.S. Lewis took a break from rehearsals to talk about touring, making an ass of himself and his own connection with Narnia’s creator 

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Interview: Immersion Theatre’s very own Dorothy – Rachael Stratton @Rachael_Strat @immersion_thtr


Hi Rachael, thanks for chatting to me about this exciting new show. You’ve been in a lot of shows. Why did you want to be involved in this production?

The Wizard of Oz is a classic. Everyone knows the story and to be a part of a show that is so well loved is always very exciting. Also being able to perform at beautiful open air venues was something that really appealed to me. Of course getting a pair of ruby slippers may also have had something to do with it 🙂

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Interview: Immersion Theatre’s Artistic James Tobias Clifford and Rochelle Parry. @Immersion_Thtr @RochelleParry @JamesTClifford

23c6fc3b-f066-4d31-b545-525c6bdb93fbFollowing the exciting announcement of Immersion Theatre’s open air adaption if The Wizard of Oz, I was lucky enough to have a chat with the creative team and cast. First up, Immersion Theatre’s Artistic Director and Writer, James Tobias Clifford and Co founder and Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West, Michelle Parry. Continue reading “Interview: Immersion Theatre’s Artistic James Tobias Clifford and Rochelle Parry. @Immersion_Thtr @RochelleParry @JamesTClifford”