Shops and theatres: not your traditional bedfellows, but this hasn’t deterred an immersive theatre company who have created work inspired by… the high street.
If it sounds a bit odd, don’t worry: it gets odder. As part of the new ‘Fantasy High Street festival’, taking place at Lower Marsh, Waterloo at the beginning of July, theatre company StampCollective have curated a secretive dining-cum-live art-cum-theatre piece called ‘Fantasy Café’. Eager diners meet near the Old Vic theatre, where they play an interactive game to discover where to go next. It’s not clear quite how much you will get to eat, though, as ‘meals are surreal, memories are on the menu and the diner is at the heart of the experience’.
As well as ‘Fantasy Café’, there will be an exhibition from Coney which celebrates ‘the lovelier side’ of the local community at Lower Marsh, and a new mobile phone walking tour app, created by motoroti which will show people what’s really going on behind the shop’s facades. It’s all a brilliantly wacky attempt to join Mary Portas in her mission to celebrate and reinvigorate our independent high streets.
‘Fantasy High Street’ is taking place at Lower Marsh, Waterloo between 4-6 July. For more information see fantasyhighstreet.org.uk.