19 January 2016 11:24

A novel production, which invites its audience to travel in an electrically-powered, moving auditorium to follow the heroine’s journey, has its UK premiere at Lancaster University this week.

Professor Andrew Quick launches the UK Premiere of his latest work The Train at the Nuffield Theatre on Thursday 21 January.

Professor Quick teaches at the Lancaster Institute for Creative Art (LICA), and is also co-artistic director of the theatre company Imitating the Dog.

Funded by Arts Council England, the production team has carved out a reputation for their innovative use of projection technology within their performances.  

Their latest production is a unique combination of immersive theatre and philosophical fairground ride.

An audience of 12 listen through headphones and sit in an electrically-powered moving auditorium, which pans and tracks as it follows the heroine’s journey through a multimedia landscape that is both beautiful and disturbing.

Professor Quick explains:  “We are very excited to be staging The Train in the UK. It has just had a very successful run in Italy.  People loved being placed right at the heart of the action, moving from scene to scene in a motorized carriage, being only a few inches from the performers and the action. 

“It’s a great experience but it has its serious side.  It throws us sensually into a disorientating world as we watch and hopefully relate to our heroine’s search for the truth about what has befallen her and how she might overcome the loss of loved ones.”

There are numerous performances on 21, 22, 23 and 25 January. Each performance is 40 minutes long, with a maximum of 12 people per performance.

Tickets are available at the Lancaster Arts Box office by calling 01524 594151 or online via https://www.lancasterarts.org/whats-on/imitating-the-dog-the-train

The company was last in Lancaster with their adaptation of Hemingway’s novel A Farewell to Arms at the Dukes Theatre in 2014.