The Sleepover

Image Credit: Kristian Leammle-Ruff

Going to the theatre is always full of adventure but imagine on one night, if you didn’t have to go home!

Over one special night, Arena hosted The Sleepover.

The Sleepover is a unique, hybrid, family experience that transforms the Arts Centre into an all night, all access theatrical playground. Sometimes immersive,sometimes performative The Sleepover invites audiences to come and explore parts of the theatre that nobody ever sees – the dressing rooms, under the stage,mazes of corridors and more. Audiences are invited to play and create through activities, games, technology and story telling. The participants experience a re-imagined theatrical space where they become both audience and performer, carefully guided by professional artists, expert in story telling and improvisation.

The evening culminates in the presentation of a film, secretly shot through the entire night and carefully orchestrated to create an epic movie that our participants are now the stars of. The movie is presented with live voice over and sound effects by our professional team in a truly theatrical event. At the end of it all audiences get to sleep on the Playhouse stage.

Arena was thrilled to collaborate with the Arts Centre Melbourne on this epic one-night event.

Ages 8 - 11

Arts Centre Melbourne

The Sleepover premiered at Arts Centre Melbourne in August 2015 with a SOLD OUT event.

When: Saturday 22 August, 6:30pm to Sunday 23 August, 8am 2015

Where: Arts Centre Melbourne - Playhouse

For The Sleepover all children must be accompanied by an adult.



Concept by Christian Leavesley and Jolyon James

Devised by Christian Leavesley, Jolyon James, Phillip McInnes, Emily Barrie, Ben Grant and Clare Watson

Designer Emily Barrie

Lighting Designer Paul Lim

Production Manager Jess Keepence

Assistant Stage Manager Julia Truong

Executive Producer Lee Casey

Program Coordinator Alexandra Macalister-Bills

Cast Penelope Bartlau, Ben Grant, Phillip McInnes, Sophie Ross

Filming Chris Gospel, Rhea Famlonga, Lorna Musgrove