Loose Tongue in association with Green Rooms Hotel and the Old Red Lion Theatre present
HOTEL EUROPE – a meditation on borders impassable, invisible, broken, and rebuilt.
When you arrive at HOTEL EUROPE, where you're from doesn't matter. But your key could take you anywhere. Explore a building where behind every door is a new story, a new place, a new perspective. Part interactive theatre, part audio installation, these five aural snapshots give the listener privileged access to secret histories, treasured, passed down, forgotten, or threatened.
HOTEL EUROPE is created by Isley Lynn (Skin A Cat, Little Stitches) and Philipp Ehmann (Sie Und Wir, Rozznjogd) with emerging and award winning writers Tom Black, Ben Hudson, Rafaella Marcus, Gael Le Cornec and Milly Thomas, and hosted by the Green Rooms Hotel in Wood Green. Step inside the skin of a stranger, and explore their world... Produced by David Ralf, recipient of the MGCfutures bursary, HOTEL EUROPE will present five short audio plays, each of which inhabits its own hotel room where solo audience members will have free reign to engage and with the worlds of the story, real and imaginary.
Created by Isley Lynn & Philipp Ehmann
Written by Tom Black, Ben Hudson, Rafaella Marcus, Gael Le Cornec & Milly Thomas
Dramaturgy by David Loumgair
Sound Design & Recording by Will Alder
Designed by Sorcha Corcoran & Geneva Brown
360 Photography and Web design by Epiphany VR
Ticketing by Old Red Lion Theatre
Produced by David Ralf
striking ... powerful .... starkly beautiful
Occupying the first floor of the Green Rooms Hotel in Wood Green, Hotel Europe consists of five short audio plays behind five anonymous doors, each meditating on themes of identity, nationality and persecution, and each complimented by the studiously designed room they inhabit ... Created by Isley Lynn and Philipp Ehmann, this part visual installation, part audio play, part lo-fi immersive experience offers an absorbing hour of new writing.
CRITIC'S PICK: EVENT OF THE WEEK (FEB 21ST)
a quietly understated work ... peculiarly heart-breaking
The single audience member is directed into five rooms in turn, each containing an audio play heard either through headphones or broadcast directly into the space. Each of the rooms are distinct, yet all contain a certain strain of nostalgia in the decoration ... The aesthetic contrasts with the immediacy of the project itself – short plays in response to the Brexit vote – and in doing so provides a reminder of how hard it is to disentangle a long-running relationship between the tiny British Isles and the larger continent it loiters just to the side of. How hard, for instance, it is to decide who is British and who is European and who, indeed, is really any nationality when so many people come from families that have moved throughout Europe, Britain and the rest of the world.
THE PLAY'S THE THING
quietly subversive ... detailed and distinctive ... hugely personal
The act of solo listening fosters intimacy and a more personal relationship with the story, which undoubtedly sways audience emotional response. It’s an effective device that supports the Hotel Europe‘s aims of generating empathy and understanding. The power of Hotel Europe is in the solitary closeness between the audience members and the work. The immersive design and and freedom to take in the pieces shapes the experience and allows for a different sort of reflection than that found in a dark room with other people. It has a quiet, lingering power and isn’t aggressive in its agenda – a moving and vital work for a turbulent world.
VIEWS FROM THE GODS
a startling intimate experience ... I wanted to revisit again and again because it's so well executed
However you voted in the referendum last summer, you'll find it a wrench to not remain in Hotel Europe. A brilliant concept brought to life gloriously, this piece combines the best of many different mediums to create something truly unique.
INTERVIEW: HONEST TO GOD WITH... DAVID RALF AND PHILIPP EHMANN