Virulent Experience – immersive theatre experience at Conway Hall
Virulent Experience by Foolish People & Conway Hall | 6 – 31 August 2012 | Entrance times 7.30pm & 8:15pm | Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Bloomsbury | £20 (£15 concessions) Also Pay What You Can Tuesdays (from 6.30pm on the door – limited and subject to availability)
Immersive theatre spectacle Virulent Experience takes place in a future where Conway Hall exists in its new incarnation as The Virulent Museum of Human Experience, the terrifying location of the darkest fragments of the human psyche. A strange site where every banned emotion, experience, dream and nightmare can be made real. Think 1984 for the Facebook generation.
Once inside, audience members will be free to explore and investigate the evolution and devolution of ethics, morals and the impact to the mind, imagination and free will of humans via a fictional future version of London.
London 2040, society is crippled under the weight of a population addicted to novelty and impermanence. Nothing lasts when every dream or nightmare imagined can be crafted and created.
To stem the loss of reason in a post-real world, new forms of experience are policed by the Ministry of Information. Experience of that which is categorised as NOVELTY is monitored under the Human Emotional Experience Act of 2032, where total access to information is strictly limited within a monthly data plan and the most virulent forms of experience and knowledge are banned.
The age of Information Prohibition has begun.
Forced into the real world, language devolves into hybrid forms, to cater for a generation who only understand meaning when communicated in hash tags and status updates.
Yet there is one place where all you can eat reality still exists and every banned emotion, experience, dream and nightmare can still be made real: the Virulent Museum of Human Experience, housing the entire banned index of thoughts, emotions and desires.
Now, on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 2040 London Olympics, Eliza, a certifiable Experience Junkie, who has spent a lifetime imprisoned by her out of control desires has come to the museum. There, she must convince Socrates, hoodie and outlaw philosopher, a living novelty born of the 2011 London riots, to help her release a secret hidden deep inside the museum.
Join Eliza as she races to find the machine which may save her mind and offer the human, a wayward animal, a method with which to regain the truth it has lost.