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An Edgar Allan Poe-Inspired Immersive Theatre Experience Is Coming to a Melbourne Warehouse

'A Midnight Visit' will invite audiences into a macabre 36-room fantasy world.
By Libby Curran
June 12, 2019
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An Edgar Allan Poe-Inspired Immersive Theatre Experience Is Coming to a Melbourne Warehouse

'A Midnight Visit' will invite audiences into a macabre 36-room fantasy world.
By Libby Curran
June 12, 2019
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Imagine a fully immersive theatre experience with a choose-your-own-adventure twist and lots of macabre nods to Edgar Allan Poe, and you'll have some idea of what to expect when A Midnight Visit takes over an abandoned Melbourne warehouse this winter.

Unlike any theatre offering the city has seen before, this captivating experience is part performance, part playground and part film set. And it's being brought to life across 36 rooms of an eerie North Melbourne warehouse.

Audiences will find themselves transported into a dream world that takes its cues from those notoriously macabre works of Edgar Allan Poe, as imagined by a team of local actors, circus performances and burlesque dancers and a crew of innovative sound, film-set and costume designers. Expect an air of David Lynch and some Stanley Kubrick vibes, with a spot of steam-punk thrown in for good measure.

A Midnight Visit, Sydney by Anna Kucera.

"We wanted to create an experience that explores themes of madness, guilt, death, impermanence and memory — just the small things in life," explains director and co-creator Danielle Harvey. "It's sometimes funny, sometimes sexy, sometimes wistful, and yes, sometimes a bit scary." It won't be for the faint-hearted, with hints to uneven floors, suffocatingly small spaced and many 'troubled characters'.

The one-of-a-kind experience took over a Newtown warehouse late last year, before heading to Perth.

A Midnight Visit will run from July 30 to September 15, at an undisclosed address in North Melbourne. Tickets cost between $44–79 and are on sale now.

Images: A Midnight Visit, Sydney by Anna Kucera and Tim Da-Rin.

Published on June 12, 2019 by Libby Curran

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