Filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul is perhaps best known for his breakout work Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, the first Thai film and first Southeast Asian to ever win a Palme d’Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Now, to kickstart their 2018 season, TheatreWorks Curators Academy is proud to welcome Apichatpong onto our shores with his touring work FEVER ROOM.
Playing at the Victoria Theatre from 25th – 28th January, FEVER ROOM is a projection-performance that marks Apichatpong’s first foray into the world of theatre, mixing both his impeccable filmmaking with the magic of the theatre to create an all new oneiric environment that further emphasizes the dream-like themes present in his films.
FEVER ROOM will star Thai actors Jenjira Pongees (Jen) and Banlop Lomnoi (ltt), who both appeared in Apichatpong’s critically acclaimed Cemetery of Splendour (2016). Fantasy and reality collide when Apichatpong fuses his own memories with the actors’ and fictionalises the entire narrative of a housewife awaiting an operation crosses paths with a soldier in a country deprived of light. The two meet in a dream, the last refuge for people as their land is on a brink of collapse, echoing Apichatpong’s perspective on Thailand’s military dictatorship.
On tour since 2014 and fresh from its well-received run in Berlin, FEVER ROOM promises a multi-sensory, truly unique theatrical experience from one of the modern masters of Thai cinema, and offers rest amidst chaos, perchance to dream an unforgettable cinematic dream.
FEVER ROOM plays at the Victoria Theatre from 25th – 28th January. Tickets available from SISTIC