Michelle Barwood as the DJ. Photo: Sophie Barth
Video copyright: Three Pegs Productions
DISCO was a site-specific, immersive and interactive play that premiered in East London in June 2015.
Harriet and Laurence, two strangers, both secretly lonely, arrive at a back room disco, and try to navigate the room. With their respective friends in tow, we see them collide, and circle each other but fail miserably at reaching out.
DISCO is a play about how you can feel lonely within a group of people, and within a big city, it’s about looking for a connection without knowing how to make a real one.
The play entertained audiences at The Victoria, Dalston, London (2nd – 4th June, 2015).
Laurence – Laurence North
Harriet – Gala Orsborn
Mags – Laura McAlpine
Laura – Charlotte Mack
Dave – Lee White
DJ – Michelle Barwood
Barman – Mitchell Glass
Tango Dancer – Issabella FangGe
Writer – Sophie Andrea Mitchell
Director – Sophie Barth
Assistant Director – Brittany Geeta Johnson
Creative Consultant – Ant Stones
Sound Designer – Mark Webber
Lighting Designer – Matthew Coombes
Art Director – Xander Mitchell
After party DJ – Joel Crookes
This play was also part of my final MA project at East 15 Acting School, where instead of a thesis you would deliver a director’s workbook. In my workbook I describe the process of going through the script with the producers in Three Pegs, to the scenography and directing the play. One of the requirements of writing the workbook was to be able to back up the play theoretically, and thus I worked on the meaning of the internet and what it means to have a virtual personae. Furthermore, I explain how immersive theatre works and what effect it has on its audience, and since the play was located at The Victoria, I also discuss the relationship between immersive and site-specific performance. The performance received very good reviews by the audience online, and it sold out all three evenings.
This show was the starting point of my interest in site-specific theatre that I have pursued ever since. I have gained new experience in this field, and it has been a quick evolving process, starting off from scratch in London and then turning into one of my main practices.
Two copies of the workbook are available for loan at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
Correction note: the content is in English