August 29 2014 Latest news:
Shekha Vyas , Reporter
Saturday, March 15, 2014
An east London actress has launched her own business producing imaginative and interactive events.
Zoe Wellman, of Bradwell Street, Mile End, has been running Zebedee Productions, since 2012.
The company transforms disused public spaces, using lighting and props, to stage dramatic shows which involve the audience.
Wellman said: “I wanted to create these roles and experiment with ideas in immersive theatre.
“I was inspired by what Secret Cinema is doing, combining drama and cinema.”
Projects have included recreating Stephen Berkoff’s Messiah in a Dalston bunker and teaming up with restaurant Patty and Bun at Halloween to throw the Twisted Toys Tea Party.
Wellman added: “For Messiah we overcame flooding and damp, turning the venue into a theatrical performing space.
“From that we started to do these immersive parties, taking people out of their environment and transforming locations depending on the theme.”
Her team is preparing to throw The Class of 89 Prom Night, with 1980s and house music spun by DJs in Arch 402, Cremer Street, Hoxton, on March 29.
Wellman is working with Bonny Tydeman of clothing label Spanglewear to create glitzy costumes and a high school atmosphere.
Guests are encouraged to dress up and there will be actors helping them to get immersed in the drama as the show unfolds. The climax is a live vote to crown the Prom Queen.
Wellman said: “It’s completely interactive. We take this idea of throwing a party and bringing the drama.
“You can be outside while there are little scenes going on around you.”
Future plans include a murder mystery and an Alice in Wonderland inspired event where guests are given clues to find a hidden party.
She added: “The east has so much to offer in terms of culture and there is so much vibe over here. It ties really nicely into what we want to.”
Zebedee Productions also provides a bespoke service to bring a touch of drama to private events.
For more about the company and prom night tickets visit zebedeeproductions.co.uk.