Dream Play is an immersive theatre event by Baz Productions that is taking place at The Vaults in Waterloo until 1st October. The play is directed by Sarah Bedi and is based on Strindbergs a dream play.
When we arrived at The Vaults we were briefed. The Dream play is in promenade, meaning that you follow the play around with actors. You may stand for a longer than average time, sometimes be in complete darkness and also may be in confined spaces. If any of this is a problem for you then there are people on hand to help, as this show can get a little uncomfortable. Exciting…..but remember it is The Dream Play, and with dreams we also get nightmares.
I’m not going to talk you step by step through this piece of theatre, I will not ruin it for you, but more importantly my interpretation may be different to yours.
The play starts with a cellist playing and a somewhat looking crazy lady who can’t speak interacting with the audience, who are trying to work out what we’ve just signed up to. This strange lady has been put on the earth to interpret human suffering. We are then manoeuvred in and out of different spaces by the characters experiencing their stories .
Like with dreams, many scenes that you witness can be interpreted in many different ways. The key is, let yourself go and be immersed in the experience. Thinking and discussion can come later, while you’re there. Just go with it.
The dream play is surreal, often funny, moving and sometimes like being on the set of a real life horror film. A seemingly comfortable scene will all of a sudden make a turn and send a chill up your spine.
The actors are fantastic, including the amazing singer and cellist Laura Moody who provides a soundtrack and bone chilling music. What Laura can do with her voice is astonishing.
The Vaults is an amazing space which is used in an exciting way. The vast space and the way it is lit creates beautiful shadows. There are also moments of uncomfortable darkness, bring someone to stand by and cling onto!
At one point the audience is split into 2 and taken on a different journey. Dream Play is also different every night with the actors given a lot of room to play and experiment with the piece. This makes this exciting and electric theatre, and the audience can return and have a different experience.
The 5 actors manage to fill the vast spaces with their energy and all the performances are fully committed and brave. Michelle Luther, who is a friend and I’m very proud, is mesmerizing in her performance during the Ou Pierre Ou scene. All the actors have a beautiful and natural quality, Colin Hurley will be the one to make you cry.
A wonderful piece of theatre, that is often absurd, sometimes doesn’t make sense but often our dreams don’t so then the Dream Play achieves its goal perfectly.
I was listening to people as we were leaving. Everybody was discussing their experience. I head someone say they needed half an hour to have a cry before they could talk about it. Any theatre that leaves you thinking and talking after it has finished is a wonderful thing.
Tickets are £15 and the play is on at the Vaults until October 1st