Just Like Real Life
by Emma Attwood & Nick Finegan
Just Like Real Life is a vivid and violent new work from theatre-makers Emma Attwood and Nick Finegan. Fusing live performance and virtual reality, and featuring sound art by Rhodri Karim, it is a haunting exploration of humankind’s ever more intimate relationship with the digital realm.
In a strange and desolate desert, an opportunistic cowboy sets up shop as a virtual reality salesmen – offering your deepest desires on a 30 day free trial. Just Like Real Life follows the story of a lonely city dweller who signs up to make her dreams a reality. She discovers a world where anything is possible… as long as she can keep up with the subscription fees.
This new multidisciplinary performance takes on E. T. A. Hoffmann’s 19th century tale The Sandman as a grain of inspiration for a story about loneliness and longing in the post-internet age. Each audience member will be given their own VR headset before the show begins. These will function as their own personal portal into a virtual landscape where fantasy and desire feel all too real.
Supported with funding from Arts Council England.
Date: Saturday 10 March 2018
Address: Camden People’s Theatre
58-60 Hampstead Rd, London NW1 2PY
Price: £12/10 (as part of ‘Sprint 2018’)
Web event: https://www.cptheatre.co.uk/production/just-like-real-life/
FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/421690328252911/
FB page: https://www.facebook.com/justlikereallife/
Photo credit: Zbigniew Kotkiewicz | Image edited by Nick Finegan