All the world's a stage: Try an evening of immersive drama

Step outside your comfort zone with new productions that put you at the centre of the action


Colab Theatre

Innovative touring company Colab Theatre puts on pop-up shows around the UK to bring new and exciting productions to life. Its current project, Montagues And Capulets, resets Shakespeare's tragic love story to a warehouse squat in the 1990s during the heyday of rave culture. Audience members can influence the choices made by each character, thus determining the fate of our young heroes.

Thursday to Saturday evenings from 17 March to 22 April in London, then tours the UK. Tickets £19.50;

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Secret Cinema

You can go to any cinema to simply watch a film, but how about stepping inside one? Cinematic storyteller Secret Cinema creates entire worlds based on well-known films. In the past it has turned London's Olympic Park into a life-sized, meticulously detailed recreation of fictional US town Hill Valley from Back to the Future, invited guests into their own personal horror story for a screening of 28 Days Later and welcomed wannabe Jedis aboard the Millennium Falcon for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The film, price, location, costume required, date and time are all kept secret until details are announced on their site.


Pure entertainment aside, immersive theatre can also provide an opportunity to learn something about yourself. A new production by dance company AΦE combines physical theatre and mixed-reality technology, (you're provided with VR headsets) to create an interactive experience that takes participants on a journey into the unconscious mind. Inspired by Sigmund Freud's theories on dreams, Whist invites audiences to explore a world that blurs the boundaries between consciousness and unconsciousness, reality and fiction, the physical and the virtual. Theatre, interactive film, architectural art, soundscapes and special effects create a surreal environment, where personal decisions will provoke a unique narrative of unfolding dreams and fears.

12-13 April at Gulbenkian, Canterbury (50-minutes performances run hourly from 12-8pm). Tickets £10;

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