‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’ the Future Cinema Way

 

We’re stomping around, still freezing in a long line, but the show has already started outside Troxy in East London.  Several times we’re approached by “gangsters”, asking us whether or not we’ve seen the most wanted Looney Toon Roger Rabbit.  A tall guy dressed in all black, looking like he has murder in his sunglasses, walks slowly around us, truly succeeding in creeping us out.  The actors at Future Cinema are a bit too talented.

"Gangster" are roaming the streets of East London.. Or is it LA? Photo: Hanson Leatherby

“Gangster” are roaming the streets of East London.. Or is it LA? Photo: Hanson Leatherby

 

As we’re called to the front, we have to say a password before we can enter the back door, a door that is actually talking to us.  As we stumble up a pitch black, steep stairway, we can slowly start to hear the merry tunes from the club.  Future Cinema has taken us on a journey back in time, turning Troxy into an old-school LA club scene in 1946.

In the warmth, people are enjoying their alcohol and entertainment in the form of the loud gangsters from outside, waiters dressed like Count Dracula and tap dancing on the centre stage.

Our goofy penguin waiter and his tap dancing colleagues. Photo: Laura Little

Our goofy penguin waiter and his tap dancing colleagues. Photo: Laura Little

 

Future Cinema doesn’t go the traditional way of a sing-a-long but offers their guests a dance-a-long to a black and white Betty Boop sketch while the tap dancing waitresses Minnie and Maisie are working the stage.  They continue their routine but are definitely outshone by one of the Dracula waiters.  The air filled with the smell of freshly made popcorn is the only thing that doesn’t make you feel like you’re in glamorous LA.

“I really like the preview shows,” says Future Cinema volunteer Patrycja Bialodrzewska, who is, like the actors, also dressed up for the occasion in a long beige trench coat.

“It’s the first time the actors come in contact with the audience. You never know what to expect or how the audience as well as the cast will react to certain situations.”

A year ago when Patrycja started volunteering for Future Cinema, so did Marianna Meloni. During the night they both worked the door, or front of house as is its fancy name.

“The shows are always exciting and beautiful,” says Marianna.

 

Listen and find out what was Marianna’s favourite part of the show.

 

Have a look at a scene from the Future Cinema movie that mix people and cartoons in the same film!

 

As you’re treated to the film of the night, Oscar winning Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, it slowly dawns on you that you’ve been deceived.  What you foolishly assumed were Dracula-like waiters, are in fact portraying cartooned penguins, and the “gangsters” are what called the Toon Patrol: the movie’s baddies.

Patrycja prefers the “whole immersive theatre experience” that takes place when the actors and audience interact before and after the film.  It’s no wonder then that she felt most at home as the credits rolled and the entire venue started dancing.

 

Kajsa Wall

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