On Wednesday we met up with two other kiwi chaps, Ryan and Vinesh to go to Sleep No More. I have been sitting here trying to come up with the best and most accurate description of what Sleep No More is but nothing I have written has given it justice. So the general idea is: it is a theatre performance based of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and takes place is an old hotel with over 100 rooms. However, this is not your everyday performance. From the moment you walk in the door you’re taken back to what feels like the 1920s. Starting in the bar, there is a jazz band and flapper girl waitresses selling Absinth shots. Smoke clouds make it hard to distinguish anything, as well as the masks the audience are made to wear. Men in suits take the crowd in the elevator letting people off at different floors and making sure to separate you from your group. Each part of the story is happening in different rooms and different floors of the hotel and you can follow what interests you. No talking, photography or cell phones are allowed.
Embarrassingly, I have never read Macbeth..i know, I know, shocking! But you really don’t need to have read it to enjoy this experience. It is by far one of my favourite things I have done in New York.
After the show has finished, which goes for about 2 hours, you come back out to the bar. We sat at the bar for the rest of the night watching amazing jazz bands and a strange clown do an amazing Lorde cover. Only in New York.