To cross ‘the house’

National Theatre Live present this week online the glorious political drama THIS HOUSE – a tale of Westminster treachery, deals and betrayals set in 1974. The Lowry’s Creative Team share with you other art that explores similar themes.

To cross ‘the house’
This House is a notable production in that it is one of a few shows where the audience get to cross ‘the house’ (to keep up the parliamentary metaphors), or the ‘fourth wall’ as it is known in theatre terms. In other words, they can sit onstage and be part of the action, in this case on the benches of the House of Commons. They even opened the bar onstage in the interval!

It is rare of course that audiences in The Lowry’s Lyric Theatre are able to journey backstage and take advantage of such a different point of view. Other notable productions to feature onstage seating were National Theatre of Scotland’s James Plays, Clod Ensemble’s An Anatomie in Four Quarters and Nigel Slater’s Toast, where the whole audience was onstage with the empty auditorium as a dramatic backdrop.

Have you watched a show from onstage of the Lyric? What was it like? Can you name any others?