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Friday 12 May 2017

Brighton Fringe World Premiere: Camping Is All Fun & Games. Until Someone Dies!

When a group of students go camping, they're pretty sure that they're in for a nice, relaxing break. It's a camping trip, right, what could possible go wrong? But when Tom discovers Nick lying dead in the middle of the camp-site, the trip takes a turn that none of them could have expected.


This summer, Brighton Fringe will be the first of five locations to host the world-premiere of the Immersive-Lite genre – a style pioneered by BoxedIn Theatre Company that connects with audiences by bringing them right in to the world of a performance.

BoxedIn will be welcoming you on to to the camp site to scrutinise the way that gender and sexuality is constructed in their newest production - Wood. 

You'll join the group of six students on their ill-fated camping trip, and be whisked through their history to ultimately ask – how well can we ever really understand ourselves?

Oli Savage, Artistic Director of BoxedIn Theatre, said: "Immersive theatre is incredibly powerful – it creates engaging pieces of theatre by bringing audiences right in to the location where the story takes place, in a way that is both challenging and entertaining. Immersive-Lite takes this one step further by bringing that location to them.

"We realised early on that we"re discussing a lot of important issues with Wood, so we started asking "can we find a way to harness the power of this enchanting and unique genre while communicating with a wider group of people than usual?" 

"Someone had the idea of taking the show on tour, which seemed crazy at first, but the more we thought about it, the more it made sense. 

"So the "Immersive-Lite" style grew from that, and we've ended up with a show that can create deep and meaningful connections with a wide variety of audiences."

And if the first performance catches your interest, come back the next night for something completely different. 

The show will be alternating between straight and queer performances, with actors playing characters of their own gender one night, and playing across genders the next. 

Be treated to two completely different productions of the same show, and watch as the way that gender is performed every day is brought to light.

BoxedIn Theatre's Wood at New Steine Gardens, Brighton, from 22nd May – 4th June 2017. Free Admission. CLICK HERE for more info.




by: Mike Cobley




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