Soho Theatre Company has teamed up with San Francisco's Antenna Theater to bring Euphorium, a hallucinogenic-style trip through a poet's imagination, to the Undercroft (basement area) of the Roundhouse, in Camden.
This multi-media experience, based on the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge's opium-induced poem "Kubla Khan," runs from Aug. 14 to Oct. 20.
A highly unusual event that is as much a gallery experience as a theatrical one, it marks a radical departure for Soho Theatre, being both a co-production, one that is outside Soho's home base, and one that is a unique multi-media "dreamscape" event.
Euphorium was a huge success in the United States. Scheduled for a 12-week run in San Francisco, it actually lasted for 12 months. Antenna specialize in experimental productions that broaden the boundaries of theatre, experimenting with the dynamics of sound, sculpture and live performance.
The company have developed their interest in the potential of personal cassette players not only within the context of theatrical/installation events but to pioneer the use of audio guides in museums and historical sites across the world.
This experiment on Soho Theatre's part marks a wider desire for the company to broaden its activities and reach new audiences, and comes at a time when it has three shows in this year's Edinburgh Festival and is planning, in the autumn, a U.K. national tour of Amanda Whittington's Be My Baby.