The Secret Cinema.
28/04/2013, secret venue.
(It’s time to dance!)
Finally the day of the Secret Cinema screening has arrived! I booked my ticket several months ago, when a friend of mine told me about this London crazy event that has exploded in the past 5 years.When you buy the ticket through their website, you know nothing about the show you’re about to see, just the date. Apart from some little clues posted on the Facebook page, everything is secret: location, movie title and dress code, until the day before the scheduled performance when you’ll receive an email like this:
We looked forward to seeing you at the Beaumont Community Council Meeting. – It is TIME TO DANCE – Dress Code: 80s. White Vests. Pink dresses. Jeans. Cowboy Boots. Cowboy Hats. Please bring a pack of balloons. And at the bottom you’ll find the address.
When I arrived at the location, the Troxy theatre, I saw a massive group of cowboys, girls and boys dressed in early ‘80s clothes queuing outside the theatre and while we were in the line, some characters in costume asked us to dance with them against “the ordinance” (and of course I did!). Inside the theatre some groups of characters acted bored teenagers, chewing their bubble gums while staring at the stage, that was decorated like a Council meeting room with desks, chairs and a big USA flag hanging at the center. A pin-up made her way up and down the theatre, spreading pop-corns bags on her old fashioned skates and some actors invited us to seat on the available armchairs. The performance started with a City Council meeting and a Reverend asked everybody to pray. We all had a sheet with the godspell and we all acted it loudly together.