The Salon Project

Untitled Projects (UK)

Thu 04 Apr 2013, Fri 05 Apr 2013, Sat 06 Apr 2013, Sun 07 Apr 2013, Mon 08 Apr 2013, Tue 09 Apr 2013, Wed 10 Apr 2013, Thu 11 Apr 2013, Fri 12 Apr 2013, Sun 14 Apr 2013

Pit Theatre, Barbican

Photo by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

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.

Untitled Projects makes large-scale theatre using cultural history as a device to navigate our collective present and possible futures. The company continually re-assesses how theatre can manifest itself: blending landscape, biography, novel, video, lecture, documentary, installation, interview, fashion, modelmaking, science and playwrighting. Based in Scotland we look beyond our borders for our narratives and inspiration.



Director and Host Stewart Laing
Salonniere Marcia Farquhar
Costume design by Theo Clinkard
Lighting design by Mike Brookes
Sound design by Jack Wrigley and Robbie Thomson
Supported by Creative Scotland
Originally created with Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh and Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
Part of Wonder: Art and Science on the Brain, in partnership with the Wellcome Trust
Presented in partnership with the Barbican.

16+ (recommended, contains nudity)