Poets with a set-piece that strings together a narrative of work to create a coherent performance might like to try their hand at the Midnight Matinee organised by the Tristan Bates Theatre.
The matinees, described as pioneering, are as much a challenge for the audience as they are the performer; they endure by their name and it’s more than just a dull performance that risks putting the audience to sleep.
Every third Saturday of the month, at 12am midnight, the Tristan Bates Theatre in London’s Covent Garden throws open its doors for insomniacs, be they performers or patrons. Submissions are now open for acts to perform in a new season of matinees. Upcoming shows are scheduled for Saturdays 21st March, 18th April, 16th May and 20th June.
“The Tristan Bates Theatre is looking for the country’s most innovative and insomniac artists to experiment with its audience into the night,” said a spokesperson. “The Midnight Matinees have previously premièred a play by Che Walker, broadcast a live interactive radio comedy and showcased a surreal attempt to blend schizophrenia with storytelling.
“The Midnight Matinee has now been invited to the Latitude Festival for 2009. We will be giving some of the best acts of our current season a chance to perform for our large late-night audience kept up by caffeine, Carlsberg and a craving for raw and riveting theatre.”
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