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17 June 2011
Give them a round of a-snores!

Reporter: Daily Mail

New show invites audience to bring pyjamas and toothbrush and spend the night dozing in the aisles

Normally when heading to the theatre one expects a night full of drama.

However, a new production invites the audience to bring along their toothbrush and pyjamas to spend the night, and provides them with tasty snacks throughout.

The cast of Duckie's Lullaby, a new play at the Barbican's Pit theatre in London, don't want a standing ovation as the curtain falls - all they want to hear is snores.

The show's aim is to send the entire audience to sleep, with a selection of performers to help them along.

Bedtime stories: Hopefully everyone will be snoring at the end of show,
as opposed to the applause expected after most productions

Theatregoers are invited to book either a single, double or triple bed rather than a seat.

They will be invited to change into their pyjamas in the theatre's dressing rooms before climbing into bed for an evening of story-telling and cradle songs.

And the performance won't stop until the very last member of the audience has nodded off.

The next morning they will be woken to a breakfast of boiled eggs and toast soldiers.

Producer Simon Casson said that he came up with the show because he always falls asleep at the theatre, so why not create a show where the aim is to fall asleep.

Duckie's Lullaby is ideal for people living outside London as well as those who live in the city, as they can stay the night and go home the next day.

And for £42, it's cheaper than most London hotels.

But audience members are being warned that the show's code of conduct includes a strict rule of no hanky-panky.

Mr Casson said: 'Theatres are usually meant to challenge people, to wake them up and excite them. But we don't want any of that.

'The aim of the show is to make people fall asleep.

'You bring your pyjamas and a toothbrush and get changed in the performance dressing rooms.

Rise and shine: The audience will be woken to breakfast of eggs and soldiers.
All bedlinen and crockery at the show will be provided by the company Toast

'You then go into the theatre, get into bed and the show starts.

'It's in two halves. The first half is meant to be fun to get the giddiness out of your system. There's lots of singing and dancing and fun stuff.

'Then there's an interval with hot chocolate, cocoa, toasted marshmallows and night caps.

'Then the real show begins. It's based around lullabies, so people singing beautifully and lots of weird dreamy large costumes.'

The show will feature four performers, including two sisters who will sing the lullabies.

Mr Casson said the show starts at 10.30pm and the aim is for people to nod off by 12.30am.

'We don't stop until the last person is asleep, ' he told BBC Radio London.

'If people are awake we have failed. We don't know if it's going to work - it's never been done before."

He also said that while the show is 'completely and utterly unsexy' spooning is encouraged and it is 'wonderfully romantic'.

And if snoring is a problem, not to worry, the Barbican is providing industrial-sized ear plugs for light sleepers.

The show runs from June 24 to July 24.

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