Binaural Dinner Date
Immersive theatre experience forces you to ask your partner the tough questions
Hopeful singletons and curious couples are invited on a date with a difference.
Part interactive performance, part dating agency, Binaural Dinner Date, an immersive theatre experience, invites the UEL community on a date at Theatre Royal Stratford East's Gerry's Kitchen restaurant, in Gerry Raffles Square close to USS.
Using binaural sound, participants are guided by a voice in their ears to ask their dates questions, offer answers, and consider the dos and don'ts of what we say, and what we would like to say, to each other on a date. What are we really thinking when we meet for the first time? How much are we prepared to confess? And are the questions we ask each other the questions that will help us find love?
UEL's Jorge Ramos, co-Programme Leader for MA Contemporary Performance Practices, is directing the project with his company ZU-UK.
Jorge said, "ZU-UK's artistic work has never shied away from engaging with urgent, problematic and at times depressing aspects of the contemporary human condition.
"This is a time to question mainstream narratives and to consider our role in shaping communities and relationships between strangers. Dating seemed like a contemporary human ritual worth exploring!"
The "stage" is a lush romantic setting, complete with disco floor and mirror ball. The action takes place at nine tables simultaneously, with a voice in the ear of every participant guiding them through a 'perfect' date. Two participants per table are hosted by a waiter/facilitator/DJ and interactively mixed binaural audio with suggestions and comments on dating 'rules', as well as games pushing social expectations and 'acceptable' table talk topics.
Where: Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry's Kitchen, Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN
When: 16 Nov – 3 Dec, 5:45pm, 7pm, 8.15pm and 9:30pm
How much: £10; you can purchase tickets here or simply show up at the venue
Thursday, 16 November 2017 17:30 to Sunday, 3 December 2017 23:00
Gerry's Kitchen, StratfordSee map