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Immersive ‘1984’ show embraces dystopian safety measures

An immersive production of George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984, is set to open in London in 2021 with enhanced safety protocols.

The new show aims to seamlessly integrate social distancing, PPE, temperature screening, cashless purchases and other safety protocols into the feel and narrative of the immersive experience.

The multi-sensory theatrical treatment of Orwell’s masterpiece is produced by Histrionic Productions, a new entry in the immersive theatre arena, who aim to transform derelict spaces into immersive theatrical environments for audiences.

Producer Adam McKenzie Wylie said “We announced the launch of Histrionic Productions never expecting ‘dystopian’ to so forcibly re-enter the vernacular, nor life to now so closely approximate art.”

He added “1984 provides us both the narrative currency and the opportunity to incorporate high levels of social distancing, PPE, screening and protocols seamlessly into the narrative to allow our show to play to full houses in an intra-Corona world.”

Things like temperature screening, according to McKenzie Wylie, would be entirely expected in the Ministry of Truth.

The company will be able to run multiple shows an hour (a common practice for immersive productions), with a number of scenes also taking place outdoors.

McKenzie Wyle said: “From our large flexible site that facilitates social distancing to the deployment of technology via our app and cashless food and beverages we can provide security and comfort to our audiences.”

Immersive theatre productions are ramping up to become some of the first shows to open in the new coronavirus age as they generally attract younger audiences and are able to more easily adapt their productions to enhanced safety protocols.

Dates and ticket details for the production are to be announced later this summer.


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