Somnai is the debut production of dotdotdot, a new London-based entertainment company that combines live performance with multi-sensory elements and immersive technologies. Spread across a 20,000 square foot warehouse in Clerkenwell, Somnai is a curated interactive experience that leads you through the various stages of dreaming. Conceptualised and executed by experts across set design and digital technology, and creative directed by Connie Harrison, Somnai is the closest you will get to – literally – having your dreams come true.
The production is a rabbit hole of fantastical occurrences, from midnight-blue velvety rooms and life-sized teddy bears to white, misty spaces with hanging chairs. A particular highlight saw my group put on VR goggles which transported us through a string of surreal scenarios; post-apocalyptic lava-ridden landscapes and remarkable underwater worlds unfolded in front of our eyes. The physical set was crafted to complement our virtual realities, allowing us to reach out after visual features only to feel textured surfaces. Relevant smells had even been recreated with the help of a perfumery.
BlueBox was brought in to work with the team at dotdotdot to technically direct the project throughout it’s concept and detailed design phases. Working with the team BlueBox helped mock up physical aspects of the experience well before installation, worked with the scenic designers and developed all the technology and show control systems that would go into the experience. BlueBox worked with dotdotdot to manage THRC and develop overall floorplans and guest flow to allow the experience to be as fully automated as it could be.