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Driving meets dancing in Norfolk and Norwich Festival show

09:50 19 May 2012

Motor Show

Motor Show's David Rosenberg and Frauke Requardt on the derelict strip of land that will be the stage for the innovative performance. Photo: Steve Adams

A unique night-time spectacle in which driving meets dancing and the audience is transported into characters’ worlds via headphones is one of the latest shows to visit the city for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.


Motor Show, which starts tonight and takes place at St James Place Development Site in Norwich, features 10 performers, nine cars and two caravans, and it transports the audience into a hidden wasteland where they witness spectacular dancing and hear the actions of characters in their cars via headphones.

The show is co-directed by David Rosenberg and Frauke Requardt, the same team that premiered Electric Hotel at the 2010 Norfolk and Norwich Festival, a show where the audience witnessed scenes through the windows of a four-storey hotel constructed on Millennium Plain.

They describe their new show, which premiered at the Brighton Festival last week, as a “wild and fragile spectacle in an acre of forgotten land.”

Mr Rosenberg said: “We have created a large-scale performance that is a spectacle but also allows the audience to intimately engage with the characters. The headphones mean the audience hears sounds from the perspective of the characters.”

He added: “We have created what is a journey for the audience throughout the piece but there is no clear narrative to follow.

“Our intention is that the audience finds resonance with the imagery and movement of the spectacle and that there is some space for them to find their own way through.”

Motor Show is being performed at 9.30pm every night until Wednesday at St James Place development site. Tickets cost £10 (£5 for under 25s if booked in advance). To book call 01603 766400 or visit the Theatre Royal box office.

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Do you have a Norfolk and Norwich Festival-related show? Call reporter Emma Knights on 01603 772428 or email



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