Nick Cave will star in a pioneering new digital theater show later this month, for the Manchester International Festival. The production, titled Dreamis intended to be an immersive and fantastical reimagining of Shakespeare Dream of a summer night, with Cave playing the role of a talking forest.
The show was created in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company and will combine live theatre, music and motion capture technology. It will also be partially interactive, with audiences able to explore “the rivers, flowers and trees of a virtual summer forest” using state-of-the-art gaming technology.
Additional details of the plot of Dream are still, for the moment, shrouded in mystery. According to organizers, Cave will play a “strange and mystical” narrator – officially called the “Voice of the Forest” – who accompanies the audience on their viewing journey. He will be joined by seven other actors, and a symphonic score recorded by the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Jane Beese, head of music at the Manchester International Festival, said she was “delighted” with Cave’s involvement in the project: “With his mystical voice and dark vocal tones, Cave is the perfect person to represent the forest by helping the audience traverse the otherworldly land. dream.
The 50-minute online event – which was also produced in part by Marshmallow Laser Feast and the Manchester International Festival – will be available worldwide via the dream.online website. Audiences will need to purchase £10 for the live interactive experience, or they can view the performance for free.
Dream runs from Friday March 12 to Saturday March 20, 2021. You can get your tickets here.