Winter. Behind a window, in a cosy room, a group of friends gather for a meal. The lamps are on, everyone is happy. Talk begins and stories unfold around the table. There is laughing, flirting, joking, eating and dancing. But sadness soon threads its way through the occasion, marked by the appearance of a mysterious stranger outside the window.
Interiors is inspired by Nobel Prize winner Maurice Maeterlinck’s astonishing play, Interior. Utterly hypnotic, deeply mysterious and powerfully intense, Interiors is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed production.
Barbican Theatre, London, as part of London International Mime Festival
Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock
Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai, China
Presented by Beijing 707 N-Theatre Co
Donggong Theatre, Beijing, China
Presented by Beijing 707 N-Theatre Co
Myeongdong Theater, Seoul, South Korea
Presented by The National Theatre Company of Korea
Shanghai Grand Theatre
Shanghai International Mime Festival
Presented by Beijing 707 N-theatre Co. Ltd and Edinburgh Fringe Showcase in China
Edinburgh International Festival
Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland
The 3rd International Festival of World Classics: New Classics of Europe
Teatro Municipal de las Condes, Santiago A Mil
Teatro Regio, Buenos Aires International Festival
Stanislavsky Season International Theatre Festival, Moscow, Russia
BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium
Teatro Eliseo, Rome, Italy
Teatro Storchi, Modena, Italy
Theatre de la Ville, Paris
Unity Theatre, Liverpool
Canolflan Celfyddydau, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
Eden Court, Inverness
PLATFORM at The Bridge, Easterhouse
Napoli Teatro Festival ltalia, Sannazaro Theatre, Naples
Tron Theatre, Glasgow
Lyric Hammersmith, London
The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
'A perfect show… it is as though we, the audience, are peeping through a lit-up window in a house at night watching a dinner. An elderly man enters.. then his grand-daughter. Finally five guests… they sit down at table and a conversation begins that we do not hear. But the show is not voiceless. A voice off-stage sums up the conversation for us.'
★★★★★ Corriere Della Sera
'A beguiling piece of theatre that is sad, funny and heartbreakingly humane… the subtext comes across more volubly than classic Chekhov… deliciously poignant.'
★★★★★ The Guardian
'An exquisite fusion of heightened behaviour married to a gorgeously languid atmosphere of sanctuary created by Finn Ross’s projections, Kai Fischer’s lighting and Alasdair Macrae’s melancholy piano score. Combined, a poignantly beautiful thumbnail sketch of human lives in motion is the result.'
★★★★★ The Herald
'Through its juxtaposition of humour, heartbreak and the accumulation of seemingly insignificant events to reveal the sadness and isolation each character feels, the show is mesmerising and reminiscent of Chekhov’s short stories at their best.'
'It’s hilarious… this production wraps its comedy in a sense of mortal peril and, consequently, great pathos… Matthew Lenton’s production puts its chilling finger on the pulse of what makes us want to get drunk, fling our limbs around wildly to ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’ and touch each other – even when that touch is tragicomically unwelcome.'
★★★★★ Time Out
'Interiors nails the reality of the human experience, tragedy next to joy, pettiness next to generosity. It’s Chekhovian too as it captures the mortality lurking behind every life… Absorbing, beautifully nuanced with superb acting and direction, it is the best play I’ve seen this year.'
★★★★★ The Skinny
'A hugely clever, rich and entertaining piece of theatre, that shifts effortlessly between farce and tragedy, laughter and dread, domestic familiarity and abstract mystery… the acting is immaculate, the production technically superb, the comedy sharp and funny, and the rhythm of the show both beautiful and compelling. In Interiors, Lenton has created a world-class piece of international theatre that turns the limitations of the genre into genuine strengths.'
★★★★ The Scotsman
;This beguiling, beautifully performed production confirms the company as one to watch.'
★★★★ Financial Times
'Every element – from the performances, to Kai Fischer’s supple set design and atmospheric lighting and Alasdair Macrae’s haunting soundscape – gels to create a poignant, incisive, at times uncomfortable, exploration of human isolation.'
★★★★ The List
'Interiors is one of the most daring and original theatre productions I have ever seen… Very few productions linger with me as much as this one has. I find that I am still haunted by it, by the performances, by many of the images, even by much of the music… This is simply unmissable and will probably be remembered as one of the best artistic events in Scotland this year.'
'Vanishing Point are such a stunningly disciplined, convinced, harmonised, and therefore moving, group of actors, that they transcend the cheap tricks of shock, horror and obscenity to give us real, human theatre.'
Online Review London
'This is a perfectly-constructed production beautifully acted and realised that grabs the attention at the start and never lets up. Go and see it if you are interested in the nature of performance and playwriting or merely want an intriguing and fulfilling night out.'
British Theatre Guide
'When we come across a “fruit” like Interiors (Internatioal co-production, Enbglish and Italian actors chosen carefully after a selection process) we are overcome by the exciting feeling that we are watching something that will have a future.'
'A very successful co-production created by Matthew Lenton and inspired by Maeterlink, where the public watches a family dinner unfold without hearing the voices of the formidable “human goldfish” who enjoy it. A lady dressed in white interprets the actiosn and words of the dedicated characters.'
★★★★★ La Republica
WINNER Best Production; Best Director & Best Ensemble - Critics Awards for Theatre Scotland 2009
WINNER Argus Angel Award 2012
Originally a co-production with Napoli Teatro Festival Italia, Mercadante Teatro Stabile di Napoli and Traverse Theatre in association with Lyric Hammersmith and Tron Theatre. Interiors was developed with the support of the National Theatre Studio.
Conceived and directed by Matthew Lenton
Inspired by the play Interior by Maurice Maeterlinck
Set and lighting design by Kai Fischer
Music and sound design by Alasdair Macrae
Projection and video design by Finn Ross
Costume design by Eve Lambert
Story and text by the Company
Dramaturg by Pamela Carter
Creative Associate Sandy Grierson
Assistant Director Rosie Kellagher (2010/11/12)
Assistant Director Rebecca Morris (2012)
Assistant Director Sarah Short (2016)
Supprting Sound Artist Ross Ramsay
International Distributor Aldo Grompone, Rome
Production Manager Fiona Fraser
Stage Manager Mickey Graham / Lee Davis
Deputy Stage Manager Catherine Devereaux / Kara Jackson
Technical Manager Maria Bechelaani / James Gardner
Lighting Supervisor Kate Bonney
Lighting and Sound Supervisor Andrew Gannon
Video Supervisor Neil McLean / Andrew Reid
Casting Director Laura Donnelly (2016)
Set Build B Scenic
Photography Tim Morozzo
Graphic Design Greenlight Creative
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