An interactive night of theatre, set at The Royal nightclub and featuring a supporting cast of local actors, will take its audience into the freak show that is a regular night out at a club.
Electro Social Club was written and produced last year by Rossland’s Rupert Keiller and Nadine Tremblay, who are also the narrators, singers and DJs for the event. The pair are currently touring the show through six cities in the Kootenays, with the last stop this Friday in Nelson.
“It’s a show where we invite the audience to come to the dance floor and be a part of the action,” Tremblay explained.
From the stage, she and Keiller tell stories and sing about the nightclub characters (actually local actors arranged before the show) who they see roaming through the crowd. Each of the 11 characters reveal themselves over the course of the show, and include The Dance Fluffer, The Bouncer and The Connaisseur, to name a few.
“They’re the typical night club characters that you’d find in a dodgy nightclub place — like The Royal,” Tremblay said. “They’re people we’ve all met before, like The Forever Raver, who’s been around since the breach birth of rave culture and he’ll tell you about it and give you hugs and dance all night.
“Or The Pickup Artist who will probably hit on you if you’re in the venue.”
Scenes play out on the dance floor, among the audience, with a camera guy there to capture the action. The video is streamed live on a big screen on stage, so not matter where you’re standing you can see and hear what’s going on.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Tremblay said. “The show’s a little bit different in every town and we love seeing what the local actors in different communities do with it.”
Electro Social Club goes Friday, April 11 at The Royal. Tickets are $12 in advance, available at The Dominion Cafe, or $15 at the door. Doors open at 9 p.m.