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A Midnight Visit

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Part choose-your-own adventure, part theatre, part film-set, part playground, A Midnight Visit has transformed the historic and castle-like Girls School in East Perth into a macabre 34-room performance space for the not-to-be-missed show, which comes to Perth direct from a stellar and extended 12-week season in Sydney.

The show opened last Thursday to sell-out performances with critics labelling it “intriguing, gothic and mysterious”, “madness incarnate” and “mind-blowing interactive theatre.”

Using the works and worlds of the macabre master Edgar Allan Poe as inspiration, A Midnight Visit takes audiences on an adventure like nothing seen in Perth, where no two visits are the same.

Inspired by experiences like the famed Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, NYC’s Sleep No More and escape rooms across the globe, the show melds the talents of artists from different genres, including sound design and composition from video game makers Kpow, and a cast of popular interstate and Perth performers. The enchanting dream world is brought to life across multiple rooms at Girls School and includes an onsite bar, The Raven’s Rest.

A Midnight Visit co-creator and director Danielle Harvey said while the experience is set inside the dream of a schoolgirl obsessed with Poe you don’t need to know anything about the writer. “Just like a dream, things spin into all kinds of directions - sometimes silly, sometimes sexy, sometimes wistful, and yes, sometimes a bit scary,” she said.

Co-creator and creative producer Kirsten Siddle said she was delighted with the audience’s response to the first few nights of the show and was looking forward to a stellar season. “Perth audiences have truly embraced this innovative and thrilling work and we couldn’t be happier with the response. We’re being told by people that they want to return over multiple nights because they love it so much!”

A Midnight Visit is on at the Girls School, 2 Wellington Street, East Perth until 3 March. For tickets visit fringeworld.com.au For more information visit www.amidnightvisit.com

FRINGE WORLD acknowledges the support of Girls School partner Australian Development Capital.

MEDIA REVIEWS

★★★★★ “All senses were engaged … even the sixth one as shadowy figures hovered in corners and screaming characters emerged from nowhere.” OUTinPerth Full review

★★★★★ “A Midnight Visit is madness incarnate.” Isolated Nation Full review

★★★★★ “Like Alice down the rabbit hole, you drift into an impeccably constructed dreamscape/adventure land, even at times literally crawling from one themed section to another exploring this fascinating world.” Fringe Feed Full review

★★★★1/2 “Mind-blowing interactive theatre … An amazing maze with surprises both devilish and delightful around every corner . . . [A] lurid, chaotic enchanting and voyeuristic world… Perchance another visit?” The West Australian Full review

“Engaging, challenging and innovative … Entering A Midnight Visit is like stumbling upon a grisly playground for grown-ups.” Seesaw Magazine Full review

“Perth’s answer to New York City’s famous Sleep No More, A Midnight Visit is intriguing, gothic and mysterious.” Stage Whispers Full review

"Unsettling, intriguing and at times very beautiful. If you only go to one Fringe event this year, this one is well worth the price of admission." Access Reel Full review

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

A Midnight Visit was originally created in Sydney in 2018 by Broad Encounters Productions in partnership with Sydney based production company Groundswell Productions.

ABOUT BROAD ENCOUNTERS PRODUCTIONS

A disrupter, enabler and agent for innovation, Broad Encounters works creatively with artists and other brave minds to fashion live performances and experiences that matter. Designed by creative and cultural polymaths, Danielle Harvey and Kirsten Siddle, as a response to the need for unique productions that excite the imagination. Always conceived with the audience experience as the priority, a Broad Encounters production punches through to the extraordinary.

ABOUT THE GIRLS SCHOOL

The historic 1930s Old Perth Girls School building is iconic in its ‘Egyptian Art-Deco’ grandeur. The castle-like building operated as a school for thirty years and then a Police centre for fifty years. Some remember going to school there. Others remember going there for traffic branch business. A few remember going there to visit major crime and the dog squad. Some of them are still in prison.

FRINGE WORLD activated the venue in winter for Girls School Cinema and now this historic building will be home to A Midnight Visit, an epic immersive theatre work coming direct from a sensational sell-out debut in Sydney. These activations are the first stages in FRINGE WORLD’s longer term activation plans for a thriving creative precinct at Girls School.  

When?

Wednesday, February 06 – Sunday, March 03

Where?

Girls School
2 Wellington Street
East Perth, Western Australia

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