SETTING: THE WRONG FLOOR OF A SCIENTIFIC INSTITUTE
Inspired by The Manhattan Project, Solaris by Stanisław Lem, and the space itself. Tropicana was a lift crash descent into curiosity and death.
What drives me?
NOTHING. NOTHING. NOTHING.
And curiosity. We’re going in - I’d like to thank all of you for your support in this matter. Thank you thank you thank you very much.
Tropicana is advertised as an “event” and, thanks to the invention of the shunt collective, it lives up to its billing. A peverse Narnia full of surprises. Exhilarating.
SUNDAY TIMES - CRITICS' CHOICE
Visually overwhelming, decadent, transgressive.
The truest compliment I can pay to the brilliant shunt company is that when I was eventualy ejected through a different door from the one through which I had entered, I felt as if everything I saw was staged, as if the Northern Line were an experiment and its passengers likely to be actors.
Image photography: Susanne Dietz, Lizzie Clachan, Kevo Thompson, Anna Gordon
Original conception, production and development: Shunt collective
Original cast (and co-devisers): Nigel Barrett | Serena Bobowski | Gemma Brockis | Callum P Crouch | Hannah Ringham | Paul Mari | Silvia Mercuriali | Layla Rosa
Guitar & original composition: Chris Tekkham
Joined by: Simon Kane | Geneva Foster Gluck | Helen Hunter | Amber Rose Sealey | David Rosenberg
And various men in the role of the railwayman, chiefly Tassos Stevens
Show direction: David Rosenberg
Dramaturg: Louise Mari
Visual design: Lizzie Clachan
Sound design and composition: Ben and Max Ringham | Andrew Rutland
Lighting design: Mischa Twitchin with Stephen Royle
Video design & photography: Susanne Dietz
Head of construction: David Farley
Produced in association with the National Theatre (their first ever off-site production as part of the core programme)