Your evening begins in the Barbican dressing rooms, where you will be costumed in full period evening dress before emerging into a mirrored impression of a 19th-century Parisian salon.
As you mingle with guests, pioneers in their fields will provoke discussion, speaking on subjects at the vanguard of 21st-century thought: science, politics, technology and the arts.
The Salon Project recreates the exclusive meetings at the heart of what was French society‘s golden age – an era of change, excess and inquiry. Relive its splendour, contrast it with the present, and imagine what the future will hold in this beautifully crafted night of fashion and conversation.
'Extraordinary, intellectually provocative and tremendously good fun' Guardian ★★★★
Presented in partnership with SPILL Festival of Performance
Timed entry: 6pm, 6.30pm, 7pm
No performance on 13 Apr
180 mins, including time to dress
Age guidance 16+ (contains nudity)
Audience members will be contacted in advance for measurements so a bespoke period costume can be created for them
Director and host Stewart Laing
Costume design by Theo Clinkard
Lighting design by Mike Brookes
Sound design by Jack Wrigley and Robbie Thomson
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Part of SPILL Festival of Performance
Supported by Creative Scotland
Originally created with Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh and Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
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