Go on a journey you’ll never forget

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A unique theatrical experience opening at Blackpool Winter Gardens this Saturday, promises to give audiences a “theatrical journey” they’ll never forget.

Absent has been put together by dreamthinkspeak’s artistic director Tristan Sharps.

Absent uses unique and and beautiful elements of the building, not normally accessible to the general public, to create a whole new world, where ticket-holders step into and are, literally, surrounded by their fantasy

Tristan’s work interweaves live performance with a variety of technologies to create extraordinary journeys that are ambitious in scale, visually layered and popular with audiences wherever they are performed.

Previous works have taken place in a variety of architectural contexts from an underground abattoir in London, to a disused paper factory in Moscow to the vast Zuidas office building complex in Amsterdam.

This new production explores the story of Maggie Morgan who celebrates a big Premium Bonds win by moving into the Pavilion suite at the Winter Gardens Hotel. Half a century later, she is still there, while all around her this world-renowned hotel has been falling into financial and physical collapse.

In small groups at a time, the audience will travel through the hotel’s rooms and corridors. The show combines film, architecture and a “haunting soundtrack” to create a truly immersive experience.

Ruth Eastwood, Chief Executive of The Grand Theatre said: “Absent uses unique and and beautiful elements of the building, not normally accessible to the general public, to create a whole new world, where ticket-holders step into and are, literally, surrounded by their fantasy.

“It takes about an hour to experience Absent but, believe me, its haunting beauty will live with you forever.”

Tickets are £17.50 per person or £12.50 for under 26s and are available from the box office on 01253 290190.