IT MADE ME CONSIDER ME, Gruff Theatre's New Immersive Exploration Of Memory, Comes To New Diorama
Brand new immersive theatre piece It Made Me Consider Me (IMMCM) will be coming to New Diorama Theatre for a limited three week run beginning on 31 January.
This ambitious new production sees a group of enigmatic guides take participants on a seemingly bog-standard tour of a seemingly normal building, only for the experience to descend into a series of vivid dreamscapes, consciousness-altering encounters and a voyage into the labyrinthine corridors of human identity and memory, particularly the dark recesses where everything is stored, but nothing is remembered.
Fantastical and absurdist, this site-specific piece will be woven into the architecture of New Diorama's cavernous and highly distinctive ND2 rehearsal space - a former trading floor that Gruff Theatre will adapt to allude to an ethereal manifestation of human consciousness which drives those within it to explore the power of our recollections and their influence over the way we perceive ourselves.
Devised using actor-centric methods and non-traditional rehearsal structures, It Made Me Consider Me experiments with the boundaries of traditional theatre through its boundary pushing use of performance techniques, space, design, and the role of the audience in theatre.
It Made Me Consider Me has been created by Gruff Theatre - a collective of performers and theatre-makers interested in the live event and authentic interaction with the audience. In an era of divisive politics and filter bubbles, but one in which science reveals more secrets to us than ever, it's important to remind ourselves of the building blocks that make us human.
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Gruff Theatre create site-responsive, immersive performances inviting spectators to engage with atmosphere, spaces, stories and characters. Gruff work as a collaborative ensemble to develop absurd and grotesque performances which facilitate genuine encounters. Audience experience and the actors' craft is at the heart of our creative process, aiming for the process to enhance the performer's agency and freedom.
New Diorama Theatre is a pioneering venue in the heart of London dedicated to providing a home for theatre ensembles, both emerging and established, from across the UK. Since opening in 2010, New Diorama has welcomed well over 120,000 audience members and has developed productions that have toured both nationally and internationally. Having received two prestigious Peter Brook Awards for their programme, New Diorama were also the recipients of the 2013/14 Les Enfants Terribles Prize and Artistic and Executive Director David Byrne was awarded the OffWestEnd Award for Best Artistic Director in 2014.
Supported by a strong community programme New Diorama were Mayor of Camden's Official Charity in 2012/13 and are proud of their work with Access, being the only non-government funded studio theatres to offer access performances throughout their whole season.
New Diorama Theatre was also the recipient of the prestigious Peter Brook 'Empty Space' Award in 2016 as a "vital creative hub for established and emerging theatre companies" and was named Best Fringe Theatre at the 2016 Stage Awards.
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