Aria Entertainment and WEF Productions have announced that the critically-acclaimed outdoor production of C-o-n-t-a-c-t will run for six weeks from 18 May to 29 June 2021 (as opposed to the previously announced dates of 19 January to 28 February 2020).
This immersive, two-hander outdoor performance featuring 3D sound design will run in partnership with The Lowry in two locations – Salford Quays and central Manchester – for six weeks following a successful run in London in autumn 2020. The casting for the two locations is Charles Angiama, Chloe Gentles, Rachael Gill-Davis and Cellan Scott.
The production has also been licensed to open further afield in Brussels, Rome, and Sweden along with Toronto which will open in April, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Brampton in spring/summer this year along with four other Canadian locations in discussion. Conversations are also underway for productions in New York, Chicago, Seattle, LA, San Diego, China, Dubai, Australia, South Africa and Germany too.
Directed by Samuel Sené, C-o-n-t-a-c-t has a book Eric Chantelauze with an English adaptation by Quentin Bruno. Music and sound designer is Cyril Barbessol and associate director is Bronagh Lagan.
Originally created by Sené and Gabrielle Jourdain and premiering in France with French production company Musidrama last summer in a world where social distancing became the ‘new normal’, this timely story of a moving and unexpected encounter explores the themes of mental health and anxiety through the eyes of Sarah as she is approached by someone she believes to be a stranger. She discovers that he can hear her thoughts but how? Who is this man? Dive into her mind in this unique sensory and immersive new show and experience theatre like never before.
The show runs for 50 minutes without an interval and audiences download the audio from the app which is a completely new piece of technology synchronising the spectators and actors, allowing the show to play with theatrical concepts and a new form of dramaturgy. Audiences of no more than 17 per show will purchase their tickets online and will then receive a link to download the app and exact location details.
The show complies with the safety and hygiene measures in place for businesses and the performing arts as set out by the government. This pedestrian performance is an outdoor promenade experience for small groups of up to 17 and adheres to strict social distancing between audience members. It is also an audio experience that involves no direct speaking of any actor in the play.