About the Show
With a 'beautifully complex' sound design from Offie Award nominated Sound Designer Tingying Dong, a seductive voice of the narrator, the audiences' imaginations are fuelled to journey into the extraordinary and unknown.
As a direct response to the ongoing global pandemic, quarantines and theatre close-downs, IMAGINARIUM is an experimental immersive experience conceived and designed for audiences to experience in their own bedrooms. It is an audio guided interactive event that celebrates the freedom of human imagination in the face of physical confinements.
Throughout this performance, the audience will follow audio invitations to examine their everyday surroundings through new creative lenses. They will play games with their imagination, and dance with the thought that others around the world are participating with them simultaneously. It’s a playful, mindful and thoughtful journey that transforms our mundane environment into a space full of reflection, warmth and wonder.
IMAGINARIUM is Out of the Blue Theatre Company’s debut production. It was created and rehearsed over 6 months between creatives in London and Wuhan, and premiered in London in October 2020. It was selected and supported by the French-German Fund for Wuhan, and translated into Mandarin Chinese, French and German versions. As an international project, it continues to tour to different countries and connect audiences around the globe.
Audience preparation guidelines
Before we start, you need to prepare and check the following to best enjoy the show:
- You’ve got half a glass of water,
- You are in your private bedroom for the show,
- You’ve set “do not disturb” on all your devices and informed your family and housemates that you need peace and quiet,
- You are listening through a pair of headphones connected to your mobile phone, so that you can freely move about.
- Please Do Not lock the screen, or the show will be paused.
About the Production Team and Creatives
Haylin Cai / Director/Lead writer
Haylin is a theatre maker originally from China, graduated from London East15 Acting school MA directing course and frequently works in China and UK. She created and performed her solo show Elsewhere in Camden People’s Theatre, assistant directed The Ridiculous Darkness at Gate Theatre in 2019. She treasures working with people from various backgrounds and strives to make art that resonates across borders.
Harry Dean / Actor/Co-writer
Harry is an Actor, Theatre-Maker; a lover of philosophy, interculturalism and childish curiosity in both life and art. He is a graduate of the East 15 World Performance course 2020. Currently based in his hometown of London, he has worked as an actor and head writer under the direction of Gianluca Barbadori in his adaptation of Elias Canetti's Hochzeitt. In addition to multiple Fringe works, Harry has performed and trained abroad with the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, the Kanze Noh School in Japan; and Russian Seasons School (GITIS).
Tingying Dong / Sound Designer
Ting is a Sound Designer and Composer for theatre and more, an Offie nominee for Best Sound Design (Jerker, King's Head Theatre, 2019). Originally from Beijing, she graduated from LAMDA in 2019 and is based in London. Her recent sound design credits include Bin Juice, Kraken, and The First (VAULT Festival), Blood Orange (Old Red Lion Theatre). She has a particular interest in devised projects.
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Alison Qu / Associate Producer
Originally from China, Alison (She/They) is a Director, Dramaturg, and Creative Producer. She graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Theatre, and was the inaugural Cutler Creative Producing & Engagement Fellow at ArtsEmerson, and the Co-Founder & Executive Producer of CHUANG Stage and CHUANG Lab. Alison recently completed a digital internship at Davis Shakespeare Festival, and is really excited to collaborate with Ping Pong Arts for Season II of Artists Connectivity Series, an open dialogue series between art and community makers of the world.
Adèle Reeves / Associate Producer
Adele is a producer with a background in theatre management, arts administration and box office. Originally from Scotland, she moved to London to study Drama and Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway, and following this, a Masters in Theatre & Performance Studies at King’s College London. She has worked across numerous theatres and companies, spending the formative years of her career working in the management team of the Pleasance Theatre venues in London and at the Edinburgh Fringe. Now based between Paris and London, she is inspired by intercultural performance projects that break outside the traditional theatre space.
About Out of the Blue Theatre Company
Out of the Blue theatre is an international theatre company formed from the collaboration of Haylin Cai, Harry Dean and Tingying Dong. We are three young artists from different social and training backgrounds, united by our collective curiosities of the world and passion for fostering a sense of awareness, openness, connection and play through theatre.
Our curiosities usually lead us through extended periods of research and development, we love to draw inspiration from different cultures and societies and involve people from diverse fields during the creation process. We question how theatre can engage with the human condition.
We constantly experiment with what theatre can be in the age of globalization and information. Our debut piece IMAGINARIUM acknowledges the limitations lockdowns have imposed on the theatre industry and people’s lives. It seeks to give our audience an entertaining, cathartic experience through the medium of audio immersion.
Media reviews of IMAGINARIUM
“A celebration of synchronicity”
“An incredibly pleasant retreat.”
“Revolutionary creative form”
“Ground breaking...a highly surreal experience from start to finish”
“I was swept away.”
“Poeticise… in a way that brings me to real tears”
“Open up the sense outside of the obvious”