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C-o-n-t-a-c-t: New immersive outdoor show in London

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C-o-n-t-a-c-t, a new immersive outdoor experience has extended its run in London.

After first premiering in Paris, the piece is making its UK debut with producers Katy Lipson and Mathilde Moulin collaborating with French theatremakers Musidrama.

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Audiences of no more than 15 per show will go on virtual journey set in iconic London locations including Tower Bridge, Greenwich and St Paul's.

Ticket holders will receive a link to download the app which will provide the exact location of the performance. They'll be able to listen to the show via headphones after downloading the audio from the app which synchronizes the spectators and actors.

The piece tells explores the themes of mental health and anxiety through the eyes of Sarah as she is approached by someone she believes to be a stranger. She discovers that he can hear her thoughts but how? Who is this man? Dive into her mind in this unique sensory and immersive new show and experience theatre like never before.

Shows have been extended to November 22 and run for 50 minutes without interval. Tickets can be purchased via TodayTix or the C-o-n-t-a-c-t website. Audiences will have to bring their headphones to listen to the performance and are asked to respect all public health guidelines and wear masks at all times.

Those appearing in the cast are Charles Angiama (The Exonerated) Louis Bernard (Radieuse Vermine) Chloe Gentles (Beautiful – The Carol King Musical), Max Gold (Endeavour), Richard Heap (Buried Child), Aoife Kennan (Victoria), Katja Quist (Earthquakes In London) and Laura White (The Play That Goes Wrong).

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Katy Lipson said: “As soon as I discovered C-o-n-t-a-c-t I was immediately drawn into the creativity and themes of the piece and recognised how relevant the material was and how it was created specifically around the times we are currently living.

"As a producer, I remain committed to creating opportunities not only for audiences but for the immense talent pool we have in the UK who are currently without many opportunities to perform. I hope the city of London embraces the experience as much as the Parisian audiences.”

Co-writers of the piece, Samuel Sené and Gabrielle Jourdain commented: “We were driven by the need to reconnect with our profession and with the audience. We wanted to offer an artistic encounter even in the current health context, therefore we have imagined this tailored theatrical experience. To be able to share this feeling again, the one we only feel with live performance. To reunite with Theatre.”

Mathilde Moulin added: “We are extremely happy to bring C-o-n-t-a-c-t to London, after its very successful debut in Paris! This socially distanced theatrical experience mixes live performance and new technology to create a brand-new form of theatre, specifically adapted to the period of time we are in.

"The show is relatable to anyone who has experienced social distancing over several weeks or months, but not only. The audience dives into the characters thoughts. They find themselves immersed in someone else’s mind and follow their journey to finding inner peace. We cannot wait for the British audience to come experience it!”

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