When I saw that Pullman had rewritten Grimms' Fairytales, I knew this was the perfect production for me. Performed in the underground tunnels of Shoreditch Town Hall, and it was the eerie atmospheric setting I hoped for as soon as I walked through the door. Some people may have an issue with the term 'immersive' being used to describe this production, because it's more like promenade theatre. On arrival the audience is given a coloured band, black or red, and depending on your colour depends on the direction you turn when you walk through the entrance door. From there, the audience follows the actors from room to room through dark corridors, sitting on parts of the stage but not being 'part of the performance'. The actors act around you, and don't engage or interact with anyone in the audience. That's just the way I like it!
My biggest concern with immersive theatre has always been the amount of walking involved. Grand performances in large warehouses may be more commonly associated with the term, but I (obviously) far preferred the smaller scale performance that allowed me to be seated in every performance. Not only was this a tick on the activity list, but it was fibro-friendly one at that!