Musical theatre with a difference
Imagine waking up soaking wet in a dark, unknown space.
It doesn’t sound like much to be singing about but this is exactly what director Sally StockwellPorter was aiming for in her ‘‘anti-musical’’ Gravity Hotel.
Mrs Stockwell-Porter isn’t a big fan of traditional musicals.
‘‘I have always struggled with the mode of song and speaking.’’
So when she set out to create her own dark musical comedy she decided to let the music stand on it’s own.
‘‘It’s kind of like a gig. If people like music it’s a music gig and if people like theatre it’s a theatre gig,’’ she says.
‘‘The play has a sense of fun to it and the song isn’t necessarily reflective of the narrative.’’
The story follows a heroine who wakes up soaking wet in a dark hotel. As the story unfolds the audience is encouraged to trust their own perceptions created through the soundtrack.
‘‘It’s using more the symbolism of music and lyrics to make the connections. It’s about creating provocation and exciting moments on stage with great songs that give enough clues as to the themes,’’ she says.
Although the premise sounds slightly horrorfilm like she hopes audiences will be able to relate to the universal ideas. ‘‘She’s in deep suffering and it’s about the choices she makes that define her fate. It’s how she moves through the dark. It’s about perception and how we turn it into a positive. It’s about how the dawn comes.’’
Gravity Hotel is at the Basement Theatre from May 28- June 1. Book at ticketek.co.nz.
Anti-musical: Director and writer Sally Stockwell-Porter says Gravity Hotel isn’t like most musical theatre.