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spoken-word-and-live-literature, theatre

ROOM is a story-telling experience for one, entirely improvised each time in response to the audience's imagination.

about the production

ROOM is a story-telling experience for one (or more) blindfolded person(s). It’s entirely improvised each time in response to the audience's imagination. Amongst many other things, it has been described as virtual reality without a headset, an imagination massage, a collective lucid dream and purposeful daydreaming. Partly as a response to text-based computer games that give the illusion of autonomy, the experience affords an imaginary space where there are absolutely no limits. Co-created by the audience and the narrators, it’s a live manifestation of collaboration and co-authorship. Over 1000 ROOMs have been played. No ROOM is ever the same.

about the artist

The multidisciplinary, international collective behind ROOM is made up of artists working in theatre, live art, music, installation, literature, game design and illustration. The core UK company based in London is Sophie Grodin, Alan Fielden, Jemima Yong, Annabelle Stapleton-Crittenden and Malachy Orozco. The collective is unified through an appreciation for collaboration, experimentation and liveness in performance. A constant thread of their work is the engagement of audiences’ imaginative agency, embracing the communality of the live experience.

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stage dimensions

width: 4 metres

height: 3 metres

depth: 4 metres

ROOM is versatile in relation to where it can be performed,
our basic needs are access to power, a temperature controlled space and some degree of sound proofing.

-Table that can accommodate a small mixing desk
-A small mixing desk
-2 bookshelf speakers, on stands
-Amplifier to power speakers
-2 minijack leads to plug laptop and phone into mixing desk
-4-way power supply
-2 microphones (1 of these a condenser)
-3 microphone stands
-4 Chairs (At least one of medium to high comfiness for audience member.)

Get in time: 1.5 hours
Get out time: 1 hour

Age Guidance:14+ (anyone under 14 must be accompanied by an adult)

Anyone can play ROOM, our youngest audience (accompanied by guardian) is 6 years old and our oldest so far is 65 years old.

"wasn’t that a wonderful demonstration of the collaborative act of theatre? Of the joint effort between creator and audience, who need only each other and an empty space to create and share a thing between them... unashamedly just lovely, for its sheer simplicity and generosity, you’re glad you jumped on for the ride."

Billy Barrett, Exeunt

"In a more enlightened society there would be ROOM booths as regular as pubs and you could drop in any time you wanted to use your imagination."

Edward Rapley, TOTAL THEATRE

"I experienced something breathtaking and very original. Emerging from ROOM was a bit like coming out of some strange, verbal virus-induced amniotic fluid. A cosmic rebirth of sorts."

DJ Pangburn, Vice Motherboard

Introduction to ROOM workshops available for up to 12 participants (2-4 hours). Participants will explore the ROOM method from the perspective of Player as well as Narrator. We will be focusing on skills such as collaboration, improvisation, non verbal communication and collective storytelling.

There are three versions of ROOM available for performance:

ROOM: original, for one Player at a time, 20-25 minutes.

SHARED ROOM: for up to ten Players at a time, 45-70 minutes, depending on Player numbers.

SHOW ROOM: for one blindfolded player and up to fifty blindfolded aural spectators, 30-45 minutes.

£850 per day / for 12 shows for one audience member at a time (venue must cover travel and accommodation)