Tuesday, 26 February 2013

'Blackout' offers futuristic behind the scenes Drama at The Dukes

Drama will take place behind the scenes of a Lancaster theatre in March -- and you could have a front row seat.

The Dukes has joined forces with The Alligator Club, a North West professional playwrights collective, to present twice-nightly performances of Blackout on 14-15th March.

This walkabout show is set in the hidden spaces of The Dukes which the public don’t usually have chance to see. The wardrobe department and Green Room are just two of the locations where the drama will take place.

Blackout is set in the future where every theatre, apart from one, has died. It is the last opportunity to join a hologram guided tour of this bygone building before it shuts its door forever. As the tour concludes, only the audience can decide if this theatrical relic should be left to crumble into the past; seen only through the sterile safety of a virtual reality, web based viewer.  What will you decide?

The audience, limited to groups of up to 20 people aged 16 plus for each show, will experience a play in motion and every performance will be different.

Blackout, which will be directed by The Dukes associate director, Louie Ingham,  is the latest stage in the development of The Alligator Club which already has two sell out shows under its belt and aims to create experimental writer-led theatre shows for the wider North West region.

It is produced and written by playwrights Amman Paul Singh Brar, Kellie Smith, Kim Wiltshire and Anne Irvine. They’ve been joined by a talented trio of Lancaster and Cumbria writers: Ann Wilson and Jack Hathaway who formed part of the writing team who created The Unsociables which premiered at The Dukes last spring, and Ulverston’s Zosia Wand who penned Quicksand for The Dukes in 2011.

• All tickets are priced £5. To book, ring The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit www.dukes-lancaster.org

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