Last month, I carried a watermelon. Well, I didn’t really – I picked one up at one point. Those things are far too heavy to lug all the way from north Surrey to East London! But plenty of people did actually carry watermelons: real ones, papier-maché, bags, hats and entire costumes. It was Future Cinema‘s Dirty Dancing and, as always, it was immersive cinema on an astonishing scale.
After getting inside, we were in huge part of Hackney Downs park, cordoned off and turned into a recreation of Kellerman’s Resort. The Staff Quarters, Johnny’s cabin, the grand ballroom, bandstands, pitches for sports and, of course, a large area in front of a giant screen.
There was so much to see and do. I went with the beauties Jeni and Bethan and we messed about in beach huts, ate tasty food and drank Kellerman’s cocktails while the sun slowly went down. It was lovely.
We all went as Penny in one of the earlier scenes, where she’s wearing a cute gypsy top and some high waisted trousers. We couldn’t quite face the 80s does 60s hair though!
As with all Future Cinema adventures, there were roaming actors playing all the parts throughout the evening. After we settled in to watch, there were a few more surprises. There was Baby’s sister singing Hula Hana and the terrible ‘stand-up comedian’.
During the movie, key scenes were also played out in real life….