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Conway Hall and FoolishPeople present: Virulent Experience, an immersive theatre event and art exhibition that combines immersive performance, art installation and interactive investigation.

Virulent Experience takes place in a future where Conway Hall exists in its new incarnation as The Virulent Museum of Human Experience, the terrifying location of the darkest fragments of the human psyche. A strange site where every banned emotion, experience, dream and nightmare can be made real.

Once inside, audience members will be free to explore and investigate the evolution and devolution of ethics, morals and the impact to the mind, imagination and free will of humans via a fictional future version of London.

About Virulent Experience
London 2040, society is crippled under the weight of a population addicted to novelty and impermanence. Nothing lasts when every dream or nightmare imagined can be crafted and created.

To stem the loss of reason in a post-real world, new forms of experience are policed by the Ministry of Information. Experience of that which is categorised as NOVELTY is monitored under the Human Emotional Experience Act of 2032, where total access to information is strictly limited within a monthly data plan and the most virulent forms of experience and knowledge are banned.

The age of Information Prohibition has begun.

Forced into the real world, language devolves into hybrid forms, to cater for a generation who only understand meaning when communicated in hash tags and status updates.

Yet there is one place where all you can eat reality still exists and every banned emotion, experience, dream and nightmare can still be made real: the Virulent Museum of Human Experience, housing the entire banned index of thoughts, emotions and desires.

Now, on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 2040 London Olympics, Eliza, a certifiable Experience Junkie, who has spent a lifetime imprisoned by her out of control desires has come to the museum. There, she must convince Socrates, hoodie and outlaw philosopher, a living novelty born of the 2011 London riots, to help her release a secret hidden deep inside the museum.

Join Eliza as she races to find the machine which may save her mind and offer the human, a wayward animal, a method with which to regain the truth it has lost.

About Foolish People
FoolishPeople create and engineer immersive events, theatre, collaborative live art, books and film.
 Over a number of years, they have developed a practice that transforms entire buildings into dreamlike worlds that living characters inhabit.

FoolishPeople has collaborated with hundreds of artists worldwide and produced work in conventional theatres, galleries and site-specific venues throughout the UK, also touring to America and Amsterdam. Our work has been sought out and commissioned by organisations such as the BBC, Secret Cinema, Arcola Theatre and the Institute of Contemporary Arts.

FoolishPeople is currently in post-production on their first feature film Strange Factories.

Praise for FoolishPeople's work:

"The detail and beauty of this work is spellbinding, so that at times one loses all sense of where the performance begins and the truth ends."
Five Stars - Gabriella Apicella, on 'A Red Threatening Sky'

"Harrigan completely smashes down the fourth wall as the audience, walking around the space, become entangled in the piece. The experience is simultaneously funny and disconcerting....Much of the excitement of this piece comes from its mystery"
Four Stars - Rachel Sheridan, What's On Stage on 'Cirxus'

"Anyone who has lived at all will find moments that will be personally painful but this is a fascinating experience and it is performed with such reality by the actors that it is totally absorbing"
Howard Loxton - British Theatre Guide

"Dead Language imagines a future in which the work of art stars like Banksy is so popular that fans trade in the DNA of the artists themselves, creating clone gangs of Emins and Warhols that roam the city. In part, Dead Language is an investigation of the limits of intellectual property rights, but it also a smart and spirited examination of the way that the value of art shifts with time and context."
Ekow Eshun - Cultural Commentator

"Foolish People's Dark Nights of the Soul is a truly unique production. By turns darkly comic, surreal, horrific, genuinely thought provoking and certainly not for the faint of heart. Verdict: Dark Nights of the Soul is pure Fortean magick."
10/10 - Fortean Times

Performance times and Tickets

Virulent Experience is a three hour immersive event, lasting from 7:30pm until 10:30pm with two entry points.

There are three cycles of the performance that audience members are able to stay as long as they like within.

Performance Entrance Times: 7.30pm & 8:15pm
Tickets: £20 (£15 concessions)
Pay What You Can Tuesdays (from 6.30pm on the door - limited and subject to availability

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Cathy Conneff
Director Julia Warberg
Tom Slatter
James Adams

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