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I am studying theatre directing. It’s a thing of beauty to build a world for a set design.

So: I’ve written a text that will be played by actors. It’s about a computer programmer who meets and falls in love with a weirdo, she’s called the Great Bum, a sort of an android, a cyber-girl that teases him with surrealist music that she plays. She’s a Singer in the nightclub where they meet.

The world is trying to cope with the apocalypse (cosmic objects are approaching Earth, and the atmosphere is very dark and poisonous, but also very aphrodisiac - people feel the urge to have sex in such a dangerous space-time)

The nightclub is very much like a bunker - it’s safe for the party animals. But how do you think it would look like (in a detailed version)?

Thank you, Monica

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    $\begingroup$ Are you looking for realism or aesthetics? If it is the latter you can go with whatever you need to create the desired atmosphere. If you need a more realistic answer it would be nice to have more details about your world, technology, size, features and location of this club. Clubs in the US, Asia, and Europe are somewhat different. The wealth of the guests also makes a difference. Cheap clubs are not decorated the same way as expensive clubs. You also need to decide whether you want to go with the genre conventions. $\endgroup$
    – Otkin
    Sep 13 at 19:59
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    $\begingroup$ Hi Monica. I try not to VTC newcomers, but this question is the poster child for "opinion based." It's impossible to answer "what would a night club look like in Atlanta, GA today?" without being opinion-based. Should it have lights or not? lasers or not? dancing girls or not? neon or not? one bar or two? Should its theme be western? disco? 50's retro (hello Fallout!)? techno punk? cyberpunk? Should it serve straight alcohol or mixed drinks? Should it cut the drinks with formaldehyde like many speakeasys did during Prohibition? (*continued*) $\endgroup$ Sep 13 at 22:26
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    $\begingroup$ Please remember that on this site, worldbuilding (on-topic) is about the development and consistent use of rules and systems that define a fictional world of your own creation wherein an infinite number of stories can be told. Storybuilding (off-topic) is about circumstances, plot, and character actions/choices. In other words, "what would my nightclub look like?" is off-topic because it's 100% circumstantial. On the other hand... (*continued*) $\endgroup$ Sep 13 at 22:28
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    $\begingroup$ I note this is in fact pre-apocalytic. $\endgroup$
    – Mary
    Sep 13 at 22:40
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    $\begingroup$ Quite apart from everything else, you should remember that if you actually want people to stage this piece, it needs to be - well - stageable! It's all well and good to call for, say, a massive cave in the style of The Matrix, but can you get it built? $\endgroup$
    – Cadence
    Sep 14 at 1:22
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From the inside it would probably just look like a regular nightclub. In times of stress of stress people like to be reminded of the good old days. So From the outside The place might be a reinforced concrete bunker with with armed guards patrolling, But from the inside it probably looked very similar if not identical to what we would see at 21 St. Century night club, Just with a little bit more technology And a little bit more cybernetic customers.

As the other answer said you can con find examples of night clubs like this all over sience fiction.

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    $\begingroup$ But what does a "regular" nightclub look like? There are were many variations in my nightclubbing days, and I assume that remains true today, and will in your pre-apocalyptic future. They've certainly changed over the years: compare say descriptions of 1920s speakeasies with clubs today. $\endgroup$
    – jamesqf
    Sep 14 at 4:06
  • $\begingroup$ @jamesqf yes but those are things I can't predict so not apart of what should be included in an answer on world builders as a put in my answer there would be technology changes but which depends on the creator so I didn't get into it. $\endgroup$ Sep 14 at 16:02
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I feel like nightclubs are one of the most-portrayed, if not THE most-portrayed, cyberpunk settings.

You can find lists of examples at https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CyberPunkIsTechno and https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CoolestClubEver

In Second Life, pretty much everyone builds a cyberpunk nightclub, it's the most common location type.

Image search for 'cyberpunk nightclub': https://yandex.com/images/search?text=cyberpunk%20nightclub

Breakdown of the visual elements of cyberpunk interiors: https://old.reddit.com/r/Cyberpunk/wiki/decor

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  • $\begingroup$ Yup. Definitely lots of examples to choose. I was going to suggest the NeedWant in Defiance $\endgroup$
    – mcalex
    Sep 14 at 8:11
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It would look like a bunker.

bunker

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/aug/11/bunker-building-for-the-end-times-by-bradley-garrett-review-the-new-doom-boom

Because that is what it is. This one is being used as a night club. There are light effects along the walls. The acoustics are less than idea for reproducing recorded music. But for live music, the artists factor in the acoustic properties of this venue and it is awesome.

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  • $\begingroup$ "I feel like nightclubs are one of the most-portrayed, if not THE most-portrayed, cyberpunk settings." Which maybe says something about those who write and/or consume cyberpunk. But in the real world, how many people actually spend much time in nightclubs? $\endgroup$
    – jamesqf
    Sep 15 at 16:21
  • $\begingroup$ @jamesqf - I envision the virtual nightclub from Snow Crash. There are people who spend a lot of time in virtual environments. $\endgroup$
    – Willk
    Sep 15 at 16:58
  • $\begingroup$ Not that many, I'd guess, as a fraction of the population. Though I see that I put the comment on the wrong answer. It was meant to go on the one (currently) above, that has half a dozen pictures. I paged right past the break :-( $\endgroup$
    – jamesqf
    Sep 16 at 18:15
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The flash of another impact.. large holes in the ceiling allow dust and smoke pouring in

Below, young people dance and party, to the end of times..

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KHAOS festival in Tessaloniki 2012.

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