A co-production between Pan Pan and Dublin Youth Theatre
“When I was young I used to sleepwalk, who am I kidding I still do.”
The Sleepwalkers is an original theatre project co-produced by Pan Pan and Dublin Youth Theatre (DYT). During an unknown natural catastrophe, nineteen members of DYT, who from now on will be known as the anonymous characters, find themselves trapped in a school gymnasium. Every time they try to leave and go outside, they fall asleep and wake up back where they started, back in the gymnasium, rehearsing the same scene from Arthur Miller’s The Crucible:
“Oh how hard it is when pretense falls! But it falls, it falls!
I am so alone in the world now.”
Terrified? You should be. Along the way they try to solve the world’s problems, just in case they ever wake up to find that the world still exists. Think classic horror movie plots, teenage angst, and the natural wisdom of the young, all given a voice that you can’t help listening to.
The performance will ask the question: what does it mean to be awake? Working collaboratively with members of DYT, a theatre performance will be created around the subjects/themes of technology, community and inequality, exploring a series of original texts and ideas generated by DYT members as well as found texts from The Tempest to The Crucible.
The Sleepwalkers is a leap into the void. Are we sleepwalking towards the Armageddon? Should we really fear the world changing?
Directed by Gavin Quinn with Associate Director Sara Joyce
Designed by Aedín Cosgrove
Movement Direction by Aoife McAtamney
Music by Simon Kenny
Costumes by Ciara Fleming
Dramaturgy by Nicholas Johnson
Performed by members of Dublin Youth Theatre
Key image by Aoife Herrity