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This is a Door


Sat 28 Jul 2012, 6:30pm–8:30pm
Sat 28 Jul 2012, 9:00pm–11:00pm
Sun 29 Jul 2012, 11:00am–1:00pm
Sun 29 Jul 2012, 1:30pm–3:30pm
Sun 29 Jul 2012, 3:30pm–5:30pm

Where: Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street, St Kilda East, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Adult: $30.00
  • Child: $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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We all know how to play. Sometimes we just forget.

For three days and nights Theatre Works will be transformed into a public playground to celebrate the playfulness in all of us. Pop Up Playground and Theatre Works present This is a Door, a carnival of large-scale games that will bring artful play into the awareness of the mainstream performing arts community in Melbourne.

Social, reactive and immersive, the games will range from cooperative to competitive, physical to strategic and conversational to secretive. This is a Door will put participants in the middle of the action, offering audiences the opportunity to create their own experience.

The work will utilise Game Controllers rather than actors, sourced from independent theatres and gaming communities trained in game play and control, while lighting and props will be carefully placed throughout the space adding to the live art element of the piece.

Pervasive gaming and playful engagement are exciting new art forms that have been developed internationally over the last five years by companies in the UK and US, and recently emerging in Australia. This new kind of theatre swaps actors and scripts for social games and play, utilising them as modes of cultural engagement.

Pop Up Playground players Robert Reid (The Joy of Text), Ben McKenzie and Sayraphim Lothian have developed the piece inspired by Playdays run by UK company Coney, The Sandpit run by UK company Hide and Seek, and the Interesting Games Festival held annually in Bristol.

This is a Door is the first series of work that forms part of Theatre Works’ Selected Works company development program for 2012.

Presented by Pop Up Playground and Theatre Works
Developed by Robert Reid, Ben McKenzie and Sayraphim Lothian