Not just another night at the theater. Punchdrunk, a british-based, immersive, site-driven theater company has turned a night at the theater completely on its head. Their show, Sleep No More, sucks an audience in to experience Shakespeare’s Macbeth through the lens of a suspenseful film noir. Punchdrunk has brilliantly crafted the environment and atmosphere of the 1930’s at the McKittrick Hotel and mysteriously unveils the night for the audience. The attention to detail in every nook of the hotel is truly astonishing.
It is evening made for the adventurous. Upon entering the hotel, you are encouraged to leave your friends behind and explore on your own. You are free to go to any room you like, look through desks, bedrooms, drawers, follow whomever you like. Your experience is what you make it.
Artistic directors of toUch performance art, Colin Thurmond and Marissa Roberts, experienced Sleep No More in September. “After the performance, we were both kind of speechless,” says Roberts. “We kept comparing what the other experienced and we ended up seeing two different shows.” No two shows are the same, but this goes even further: no two people experience the same show.
This immersive theatrical experience is going to seriously change productions all over the world. Forget the escape of video games or movies; this kind of art allows you to be totally involved and in command of each moment.
Sleep No More has been extended, yet again, and will be running until the end of January 2012. We could not endorse this more highly.