The Donkey Show
is named after a kind of pornography
involving a woman and a donkey (I won't go in to it
). Despite its bestial
name, the show is actually a rendition of Shakespeare
’s Midsummer Nights Dream
or, as the company prefers to call it, "A Midsummer’s Night Disco
." You see, the whole play is set in the 1970
s the theatre is a disco club
( you need to be 21 or older
to get in), the play is an immersive
experience with entrances and exits from all directions. Immersive theatre is hard to pull off well— The Donkey Show is one of the few productions ever to win universal support from critics
for the technique.
The play opened in New York City in1999, It is now playing in London too. It was directed by Diane Paulus & Randy Weiner.