‘Buy a ticket, find out your character’

supercinema2Supercinema at the McKittrick Hotel: Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet, 13 Feb. 2016.

I really loved this film. I remember dreaming about it in the lead-up to its release; so it feels like a good match with Sleep No More in terms of its tendency to inhabit the sleeping mind.

But, looking at the ‘buy tickets’ page and the big list of character pictures, I’m wondering – will this be anything more than a big dress-up party?

Not that there’s anything wrong with it just being a party where you’re given a character ‘category’ to dress as (e.g. the Montagues or the Capulets)… but wouldn’t it be amazing if the experience somehow transcended that. I’m imagining that ‘through the fishtank’ scene in the movie – the immersion and wonder and speechlessness of that. Would there be a way to create that feeling and experience (which is necessarily intimate) for more than a few audience members at such a large event? Does it matter?