Documentary-theatre company Look Left Look Right has been crowned the winner of a competition which will see its immersive production staged in a West End hotel.
The company was chosen from 12 other shortlisted candidates, which included Theatre Delicatessen, Non Zero One and Tangled Feet, who all submitted briefs for a work to be performed at Westminster’s Corinthia Hotel London.
Donmar Warehouse’s artistic director Josie Rourke, the head of cultural policy for the Mayor of London’s Office Justine Simons, and the Bush Theatre’s artistic director Madani Younis featured on the panel of judges.
Look Left Look Right’s artistic director Mimi Poskitt and writer Morgan Lloyd Malcolm said the company would be creating a one-on-one piece where audience members will be moved between rooms individually.
The piece will include characters based on the people that work or stay at the hotel and will be set in different eras of time to reflect the building’s history, they said.
Poskitt, Malcolm and writer Katie Lyons, who are working on the project, will spend a month staying at the hotel to prepare for the piece, which will be staged in March 2013.
Younis said: “Each of the applicants offered something very unique. I think in particular what is interesting about this moment is the Corinthia [hotel] having this epiphany of ‘how do we work with contemporary artists and give our building over to them to animate and provoke the story?’”
He added: “With Look Left Look Right, we see a company that is going to embrace that idea and stretch the boundaries of what can take place here.”