Oliver Emanuel’s Flight

Oliver Emanuel’s Flight, an adaptation of Caroline Brothers’s novel Hinterland, was produced at the McKittrick Hotel in New York City earlier in the year. It is an immersive, sui generis piece, which requires the audience to wear headphones, and observe a series of tableaux which appear on a revolving carousel. It tells the story of two Afghan refugees crossing Europe in search of sanctuary. In a glowing review, The New York Times stated: ‘Though enchanting sounds like the wrong word for a work of art as intrinsically painful and political as “Flight,” enchanting it is. We project so much life onto its tableaus that they hardly seem still.’