Friday, 21 May 2010

Before I sleep . . .

This Festival production by Brighton-based Company 'dreamthinkspeak' is a truly wonderful flight of the theatrical imagination. It is being staged, if that is the right word for a promenade performance, in the abandoned Art Deco Cooperative building in London Road. At roughly ten minute intervals small groups of ticket-holders start their tour in the basement and guiding themselves by isolated pools of light in the darkened corridors they gradually progress through all three floors of the magically transformed building. By means of live action, film, sound and modelled landscape the subjects of loss & change are explored with reference to the characters of Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" and perhaps to Brighton's loss of a much-loved department store, the last one of its kind in the City . . .

In addition to the unique theatrical experience, it gives Brightonians the opportunity for nostalgic glimpses of the interior of the building and the fine decorative features that yet remain.

The production  was originally scheduled to finish on May 23rd but because of its well-earned success this has been extended to June 13th. Not to be missed.

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