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REVIEW: The Great Gatsby Immersive Experience

By Kay Johal
Wednesday 16 August 2017

Gin & Juice at Jay's!

On a balmy July evening in London, I had the pleasure of attending the residence of the charismatic Jay Gatsby for a night of decadent partying. I was looking forward to having the ability to immerse myself in all that theatre has to offer. Upon entering the secret location I was handed a Copperhead Gin in the 1920's Speakeasy, women in Flappers dresses and men in bow ties and waistcoats greeted me ready for a night's entertainment. Calls of "c'mon in guys, can I get you a drink, hey, good to see you" were welcoming and all inclusive.

REVIEW: The Great Gatsby Immersive Experience

To start us off, Daniel Dingsdale in the role of Tom Caraway takes us on a journey that is, to put it bluntly, quite the ride. He had perhaps the hardest job of all - take a group of 50 or so strangers and enthral them from the get-go. Enthral he did, capturing the attention and keeping it during a lengthy dialogue is no easy feat.

Oliver Tinley plays the delectable Jay Gatsby with a suave and sophisticated manner, very closely followed by Holly Beasley-Garrigan who was faultless in her enunciation, attention to detail and ad-libbing. The cast is tightly knit and slipped into their roles with ease. There is something special about this production, the atmosphere is heightened with the 'what happens next' questions. It is long a piece and I was on my feet for the entirety. And by on my feet, I mean that I had a quick lesson in the Charleston. I got to assist Mrs Daisy Buchanan. I got to sing. I would hate to divulge further as this will take away from the excitement of The Great Gatsby.

This is engaging theatre at its very best - the area is utilised usefully, it is a big space, however, the décor would lead you to believe that you are wandering around a country house. One room could house a poker game, another could perhaps house a couple caught in a passionate embrace. There was always something going on. Join in if you want or just sit back, grab a Mint Julip and watch. There is a lot going on at any one time; there is much to take part in but also if you verge on the side of shyness, to watch the performance, exhilaration and fun unfold is a treat in itself. A lot of effort has gone into pulling this together. It isn’t too big a cast and the production is cohesive.

I would suggest dressing up - it is rare that one gets to do this in the theatre and it adds to the atmosphere - the drinks and dancing are aplenty down at Jay's - do get yourself involved!

The Great Gatsby has now extended until the end of 2017 so get booking now and brighten up those dark nights with a bit of retro glamour!

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Kay Johal

Kay can often be found frequenting the bright lights and golden-paved streets of London, having always had a love of theatre. She particularly enjoys the musicals, ranging from Phantom of the Opera to Jersey Boys, to plays such as No Man's Land.  She is lucky enough to have been able to see a wide range of shows and looks forward to being able to further immerse herself in all the West End has to offer.  Kay is a deep thinker with an honest and very real passion for writing and is particularly excited to be a part of the team so she can share her enthusiasm and views with you all on London Theatre Direct. You can also find her on Instagram.

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