Magazine article The Spectator

CUL T U R E N O T E S the Secret's Out

Magazine article The Spectator

CUL T U R E N O T E S the Secret's Out

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The word 'concert' means different things to different people. For some it evokes dinner jackets and not clapping between movements; for others, jumping up and down in a stadium, desperately trying to spot the band through a sea of blinking smartphones. But Secret Cinema's latest brainchild, dubbed Secret Music, is something else entirely: its inaugural production brings Laura Marling's new album to life and places you right at its core.

Stepping into the grounds of a g rand Victor ian ho spita l in Ea st London, transformed for the night into a 1920 s hotel, you're le f t to explore it s va r iou s room s , w ith thei r eclectic and unfailingly interesting occupant s , at you r lei su re . I won't reveal too much, for fear of being blacklisted from future performances, but highlights included croquet on the f ront lawn , a wa rm-up act in the chapel and even a psychological eva luat ion in an up sta i r s bed room . …

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