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* A Midnight Visit *
In an abandoned warehouse, venture through immersive performance experience Be seduced by your imagination with the award-winning immersive theatre experience, A Midnight Visit! "Is all that we see or seem, But a dream within a dream?" - Edgar Allan Poe JOURNEY TO THE EDGE OF MADNESS THE MELBOURNE RISING 30 JULY - 15 SEPTEMBER 2019 Welcome, dear one. Please do come in. We at the House of Usher are so very sorry for your loss. While you are waiting on the casket, perhaps you'd like to step this way and take a journey with us... A journey to the edge of madness. After sensational takeovers in Sydney and Perth, A Midnight Visit has been unleashed on Melbourne with new tricks and treats! An epic 34 rooms awaits you in an abandoned warehouse in Melbourne's inner north. Explore a dark dreamworld of shadows, thrills, obsession and awe. A performance experience like no other, you will encounter strange characters, thrilling scenes and macabre splendour as you journey deeper into the depths of mystery... Is it nightmare or fantasy? Remembering or premonition? With curiosity your only guide, no two journeys are the same. Expect all sense to be tantalised - even (especially!) the spooky sixth. Inspired by the life and works of the granddaddy of gothic, Edgar Allan Poe, A Midnight Visit is part choose your own adventure, part performance, part sound world, part surreal playground - and all parts absorbing. Flirting with the surreal and the absurd, while oozing steampunk, Stranger Things and David Lynch vibes, this is your chance to enjoy a hedonistic night out of a very different, dark and decadent variety. Soothe your spirits before and after your journey at The Raven's Rest, a bespoke bar offering choice libations and small bites. Book quick, dear ones! (Book, for this life is fleeting, and the dark magic we have wrought will not last.) "MIND-BLOWING... AN AMAZING MAZE WITH SURPRISES BOTH DEVILISH AND DELIGHTFUL AROUND EVERY CORNER."- THE WEST AUSTRALIAN Tickets · $62.69 - $83.57 | eventbrite.com.au
broadsheet.com.au saysIn July, a strange visitor is coming to Melbourne. For six weeks, an empty North Melbourne warehouse will be transformed into A Midnight Visit, a 36-room, labyrinthine choose-your-own-adventure experience in the vein of critically acclaimed immersive theatre works such as New York's Sleep No More. Director Danielle Harvey says it's based on the life and works of 19th-century gothic writer Edgar Allan Poe (for a typically blood-soaked slice of the macabre, read The Masque of the Red Death). Poe's influence can be felt in everything from Stranger Things to the work of David Lynch, and A Midnight Visit takes it all on board and scatters it across a maze of characters and plots. But Harvey is keen to point out it's not all horror. "What's special about this work is the personality,"she says. "It's as scary as you make it. It's also a little bit funny, a little bit sexy, a bit whimsical." "It's about engaging people in creative play,"says Kirsten Siddle, the show's creative producer. "We want the audience to have agency over their experience." There'll be more than 10 hours of performance crammed into the warehouse, from horror to burlesque to comedy to high camp, brought together by over 100 creatives including actors, composers, builders and designers - but the audience will experience just 90 minutes of it in each viewing. "We get a lot of repeated visits because you can't see it all at once,"says Siddle. "No two experiences are the same. So, if you get separated from your friends, you'll have an entirely different 90-minute experience to share with them in the bar at the end. That's my favourite part, watching people come out at the end and stand around sharing the stories they experience." The Melbourne performance is the third iteration of A Midnight Visit, after running last year in a Sydney warehouse and a heritage-listed school in Perth. Even if you were lucky enough to experience those, this promises to be quite different - each new version brings a host of local artists and collaborators. Expect different rooms, different characters and different stories. Source: broadsheet.com.au Limited Residency You must be aged 15+ to attend the experience. If you are aged 15 - 17 years you must be accompanied by a responsible adult. There are adult concepts, uneven floor surfaces, small spaces, low-level lighting and adventures to be had. A Midnight Visit is not wheelchair accessible. If you have other accessibility requirements, please contact us before booking. Tickets · $62.69 - $83.57 | eventbrite.com.au
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