A nightmarish descent into the strange, mesmerising and unexpected ‘Netherworld’ – underpins Australia’s first large-scale immersive theatre experience, A Midnight Visit.
The show, a collaboration between Broad Encounters and Groundswell Productions, draws from the underground New York theatre scene and incorporates contemporary cult classics like ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘Stranger Things’. The immersive play interlaces both biological details and characters from both Poe’s stories and poems into a sprawling horror house of escape room’s and intimate one-on-one experiences. A Midnight Visit takes place in over 30 rooms stretched over a two-storey abandoned warehouse in Sydney’s Newtown. It’s a bloody playground were you choose your own adventure, encountering mysterious figures who emerge from the dark.
What brought you into theatre?
KIRSTEN: From the age of three I was organising shows and performances, roping my friends and family into seeing my childish productions. Throughout high school I studied dance and theatre eventually studying a Bachelor of Music (Performance and Musicology) at the University of Queensland. At the time, through my work as a freelance musician, I realised I didn’t want a career as a musician. I discovered that producing and management was what I was passionate about and so I continued in that direction.
What drew you to Edgar Allen Poe?
KIRSTEN: It started with this desire to create an inviting piece of theatre that was multi-genre, which invited audiences to have their own agency and create their own experiences. Danielle Harvey (co-creative producer) and I found Poe’s imagination and the themes he explored to be so enticing and timeless. We wanted to create a piece that embodied the tone of his work.