C-o-n-t-a-c-t

PRODUCERS KATY LIPSON AND MATHILDE MOULIN COLLABORATE WITH FRENCH THEATREMAKERS MUSIDRAMA
TO PRESENT UK PREMIERE OF C-o-n-t-a-c-t, A SOCIALLY DISTANCED OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE
FEATURING LIVE PERFORMANCE AND 3D SOUND DESIGN IN PUBLIC SPACES ACROSS LONDON

 

Until 22 November 2020
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Tickets are now on sale for the UK premiere of C-o-n-t-a-c-t, an immersive outdoor experience with a 3D sound design which audiences will listen to on their own headphones. Tickets can be purchased via TodayTix or the C-o-n-t-a-c-t website.

 

Audiences of no more than 15 per show will purchase their tickets online and will then receive a link to download the app which will provide the exact location. The London locations are Tower Bridge, Greenwich, St Paul’s and Clapham Common. For up-to-date info, please visit the show’s website.

 

The show will run for 50 minutes without an interval and audiences will download the audio from the app which is a completely new piece of technology which synchronizes the spectators and actors, allowing the show to play with theatrical concepts and a new form of dramaturgy.

 

Premiering in France over the summer in a world where social distancing became the ‘new normal’, this timely story of a moving and unexpected encounter explores the themes of mental health and anxiety through the eyes of Sarah as she is approached by someone she believes to be a stranger. She discovers that he can hear her thoughts but how? Who is this man? Dive into her mind in this unique sensory and immersive new show and experience theatre like never before.

 

Katy Lipson said: “As soon as I discovered C-o-n-t-a-c-t I was immediately drawn into the creativity and themes of the piece and recognised how relevant the material was and how it was created specifically around the times we are currently living. As a producer, I remain committed to creating opportunities not only for audiences but for the immense talent pool we have in the UK who are currently without many opportunities to perform. I hope the city of London embraces the experience as much as the Parisian audiences.”

 

Co-writers of the piece, Samuel Sené and Gabrielle Jourdain said: “We were driven by the need to reconnect with our profession and with the audience. We wanted to offer an artistic encounter even in the current health context, therefore we have imagined this tailored theatrical experience. To be able to share this feeling again, the one we only feel with live performance. To reunite with Theatre.”

 

Mathilde Moulin said: “We are extremely happy to bring C-o-n-t-a-c-t to London, after its very successful debut in Paris! This socially distanced theatrical experience mixes live performance and new technology to create a brand-new form of theatre, specifically adapted to the period of time we are in.  The show is relatable to anyone who has experienced social distancing over several weeks or months, but not only. The audience dives into the characters thoughts. They find themselves immersed in someone else’s mind and follow their journey to finding inner peace. We cannot wait for the British audience to come experience it!”

 

To ensure audience safety, audiences will be asked to purchase paperless tickets online and bring their own headphones to wear throughout the performance. The number of audience members is limited to 15 per performance to ensure social distancing can be respected between the cast and audience. Audiences are asked to respect all public health guidelines and wear masks at all times.

CAST

Charles Angiama
Louis Bernard
Chloe Gentles
Max Gold
Richard Heap
Aoife Kennan
Katja Quist
Laura White

(NB. The casts work in rotation around the different locations)

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Concept and Direction by Samuel Sené    

Original Idea by Gabrielle Jourdain

Original French Production: Musidrama and Bureau Sauvage

Book: Eric Chantelauze
English adaptation: Quentin Bruno
Music and Sound Design: Cyril Barbessol
Associate Director: Bronagh Lagan

Casting Director: Jane Deitch
App development: Jean-Philippe Marie de Chastenay, Touaregs
UK General Management: Mathilde Moulin
Dramaturgy consulting: Hanna Lasserre PhD

Associate Producer: Anthology Theatre

The roles of Sarah and Raphael were created by Inès Amoura and Jacques Verzier in Paris, 13th June 2020