United Projects: The Salon Project
The evening begins in the Barbican dressing rooms, where audience members are costumed in full period evening dress before emerging into a mirrored impression of a 19th-century Parisian salon.
As audience members mingle with guests, pioneers in their fields provoke discussion, speaking on subjects at the vanguard of 21st-century thought: science, politics, technology and the arts.
The Salon Project recreates the exclusive meetings at the heart of what was French society's golden age – an era of change, excess and inquiry. Relive its splendour, contrast it with the present, and imagine what the future will hold in this beautifully crafted night of fashion and conversation.
Director and Host: Stewart Laing
Salonniere: Marcia Farquhar
Costume design by Theo Clinkard
Lighting design by Mike Brookes
Sound design by Jack Wrigley and Robbie Thomson
Supported by Creative Scotland
Originally created with Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh and Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
Barbican Centre Website
Detailed schedule information:
6:00 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm
180 minutes (including dressing time)
Audience members will be contacted in advance for measurements so a bespoke period costume can be created for them.