A cough or cold is usually enough to get you a glare of disapproval from your fellow audience members at a performance. However, when is it acceptable and actually welcome to fall asleep and snore at a play? London’s Barbican theatre is being transformed for a mass sleepover that includes the cast and audience. Lullaby is the brainchild of Duckie theatre company and the show’s producer Simon Casson.
The audience are invited to stay the night at what is described as ‘nod-off narrative’. Pillows are provided and the audience have a choice of single, double or triple size beds to bunk down in, for however much of the play they will stay awake for.
The production is dubbed “a moonlit soporific serenade followed by seven hours of slow-wave sleep rounded-off by breakfast to send you on your way”.
“Every time I go to the theatre I fall asleep, so I thought why don’t we embrace that idea and make a show that deliberately sends people to sleep?” added Casson. The production is dubbed “a moonlit soporific serenade followed by seven hours of slow-wave sleep rounded-off by breakfast to send you on your way”.
The play is to be ‘staged’ for a month at the Barbican theatre, London from June 2011.