LONDON – Following the huge success of Dionysian immersive dining experience Divine Proportions, Shotgun Carousel return to The Vaults with their new masquerade ball, Red Palace. A Gothic cabaret guided by an irresistible tale, this promenade immersive experience showcases cabaret, circus, dance and genre-defying performance.
Taking charge of the exclusive menu will be gastro-storyteller and Masterchef semi-finalist Annie McKenzie, who we last saw in Jekyll and Hyde, using it in conjunction with the deliciously Gothic script. Red Palace sees audiences joining The Prince and his fairy tale guests in the living labyrinth of the Red Palace as they enjoy a decadent evening of feast and fantasy. Roam the halls of the Gothic masked ball to meet the court, witness the beautiful, the brilliant, the wanton, the bizarre.
Nothing and no one is what they seem; dance, dine and discover the mystery at the heart of this ball. Red Palace is inspired by the allure of the carnivals of Venice as well as the vicious narratives of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, topped up with a dash of Gothic macabre inspired by the tales of Edgar Allan Poe. The stories that thread through the production look behind the mask to explore power, duplicity, and the complexity of identity. The Red Palace sheds the binds of gender and sexual conformity to release a world of pleasure and freedom. As music hall starlets and black market bootleggers entertain, contortionists twist and ballerinas fly through the air to the sound of a ghostly orchestra. Shotgun Carousel invite their audience to be escorted by a glorious array of audacious characters on a journey of transformation full of glamour, danger, and elegance to find their own fairy tale ending.
The cast includes Ella Prendergast (Secret Cinema presents Bladerunner: The Final Cut), Teddy Lamb (Since U Been Gone, HighTide), Porscha Present (Divine Proportions, The Vaults) and Emer Dineen (The Dark Side of Love, Camden Roundhouse). Actors and circus artists, EM Williams (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Harold Pinter Theatre), Rosie Rowlands (Anna Nicole, Royal Opera House), Emily Essery (Doctor Dolittle, UK tour), and Rebecca Solomons (Hive City Legacy, Roundhouse) will also join the company. Completing this ensemble production are Steffi Walker (Baba’s War, White Bear Theatre and War Festival), Megan Ford (Feminasty, UK tour), Eleanor Dillon-Reams(HoneyBEE, Edinburgh Fringe), Camilla Harding (The Tempest, Rose Playhouse), and Alice Morgan-Richards (Alice’s Adventure’s Underground, The Vaults).
Says director Celine Lowenthal: “Red Palace is a dream come true for Shotgun and myself. Having made our madcap Divine Proportions last year to great success, we are thrilled to have the mighty support of The Vaults and to be given the freedom to create such a multidimensional production, in The Vaults’ atmospheric caverns, tunnels and underground halls. We are already plotting and planning how to make Red Palace both a really special, refined piece of theatre, and a joyfully escapist night out.”
Red Palace runs from 24th September 2019 to 12th January 2020 at the Vaults. Tickets available here