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Unchain Me
Past Event

Unchain Me

Tue 3 May - Sun 12 Jun 2022
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The world premiere of Unchain Me, a major new site-specific Brighton Festival commission from the critically acclaimed dreamthinkspeak, directed by the company’s Artistic Director, Tristan Sharps, will now extend until Sun 12 Jun 2022, after selling out due to phenomenal demand when the festival launched earlier this month.

Unchain Me is inspired by Dostoyevsky’s novel, The Possessed, in which a provincial town descends into chaos as it becomes the focal point of an attempted uprising orchestrated by a shadowy conspirator, who disappears as soon as the seeds of revolution are sown. 

The secret cell at the centre of the uprising are a disparate group of outsiders, but they are all united by their idealism and hunger for necessary change. 

Are they misguided or misunderstood?

Driven by the desire for a new and fairer society, yet riven by mistrust and self-doubt, they sweep the audience along with them towards an uncertain future.

Unchain Me will weave its way through the streets and buildings of central Brighton, permeating well-known public spaces and infiltrating previously hidden corridors and tunnels.

Using headphones and a mobile device, a specially-designed app will allow audiences to navigate their way through the production and interact with each other and live performers, plunging them into the feverish and hallucinatory world of Dostoyevsky’s vision. 

dreamthinkspeak is an Associate Company of Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival. Unchain Me follows previous sold-out Brighton Festival commissions including The Rest is Silence (2012) and Before I Sleep (2010).

'dreamthinkspeak, a remarkable company, whose site-specific work has ranged from a Moscow paper factory to a Clerkenwell abattoir.'
The Observer

Brighton Festival Commission Series supported by

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With thanks to

Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove

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