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Speakeasy

Date: Friday 08/04/2022
Doors: 19:00, performance starts: 19:30
Approx timings: 1 hour (all timings are subject to change)
Location: The Auditorium, The Fire Station
Tickets: £16.50
Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

Please note that ticket holders will be required to comply with the latest government Covid-19 guidance at the time of the event and will be informed prior to the event of any additional safety procedures that are in place.

Welcome to Speakeasy – where all is not as it seems and if you happen upon it, best walk the other way… 

Speakeasy features a spectacular 1920’s themed set, world-class projection visuals, a cinematic soundtrack comprising big-band classics and contemporary hits, alongside the distinctive Southpaw movement vocabulary that has been called, atmospheric, vigorous, and breathtaking” (Sarah Crompton, Daily Telegraph). 

Speakeasy is a reinterpretation of the classic tale of Faust, which see Faust entering a seemingly normal prohibition-era bar, unaware that the bar is owned by the devil and populated by his demons – including the charismatic barman, Mephistopheles. 

The award-winning Novak team and acclaimed digital creator Frieder Weiss and Matthias Härtlig provide projection mapping effects that create the spectacle behind Speakeasy, using stereoscopic cameras and interactive programming language that allows performers to appear as a shadowy devil or a 10-foot-tall demon, and to dance through raindrops of fire. 

The music features big-band classics such as Benny Goodman and Count Basie alongside contemporary legends like Tom Waits and Clint Mansell, forming an aural landscape to the piece that is at once vintage and contemporary, intimate and spectacular. 

The professional cast includes some of the UK’s finest Bboys (breakdancers) and contemporary dancers who combine the vocabulary of breaking and contemporary seamlessly alongside Charleston, Lindy and other swing styles of the roaring 20’s. Southpaw Dance Company perform alongside a community cast featuring members of local swing dancing communities. 

This event is part of The Fire Station opening season – Firestarters. Firestarters is commissioned by Sunderland Music Arts and Culture Trust and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.