Friday 15 December 2017

Gate Gatsby: theatre goes back to 1920s

Paul Mescal, who plays Gatsby, and Kate Gilmore, who plays Kitty, in the Gate Theatre’s ‘The Great Gatsby’. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Paul Mescal, who plays Gatsby, and Kate Gilmore, who plays Kitty, in the Gate Theatre’s ‘The Great Gatsby’. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Knock back the jag juice, throw on your glad rags and get ready to do the 1920s style time warp.

The Gate Theatre's immersive production of 'The Great Gatsby' opens this evening, with the theatre transformed into Jay Gatsby's West Egg mansion.

The seats of the auditorium have been removed and audience members will learn Charleston dance moves.

Three separate bars serving whiskey, gin and champagne will remain open during the two-and-a -half-hour show and theatre goers are encouraged to enjoy a tipple - but advised not to get ossified.

"We wanted to create a sense of that prohibition hedonism," director Alexander Wright said.

But precautions are in place in case the crowd gets too rowdy. "We've got code words which will get people kicked out," Charlene McKenna said.

Irish Independent

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