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Audience members become the players

Audience members become the players as subtlemobs take over capital

“. . . a deliberate slap in the face to the flashmob phenomena . . . it reshapes the cultural landscape.” - The Londonist

Flashmobs are a common modern phenomenon: a moment of disruption and fun witnessed by unprepared passers-by and often shared far and wide on social media. British company Circumstance gives this a clever twist in their subtlemobs - participatory theatre experiences where the audience becomes the players and the city becomes the stage. But unlike flashmobs, you are never quite sure who else is playing….

From Friday 17 January 2014 registrations open on the New Zealand Festival website for these two special events, which are free to the public.

Our Broken Voice and As If It Were the Last Time are immersive theatre works that will play out on the capital’s streets. Participants will be captivated by an audio soundscape and respond to instructions delivered through their personal iPhone or MP3 player. All the while the actions of other participants unfold around them.

Our Broken Voice is a tense fiction about trust and suspicion that occurs in public spaces. As an audience member playing “yourself”, you will be involved in the moments leading up to an imagined terrible event in the city’s centre.

In the poignant and joyful As If It Were The Last Time, participants take to the streets to contemplate celebrating the present - and take the rare chance in our busy lives to savour the moment. This work also creates opportunities to make new connections with the people and places surrounding you.

To register for either event, visit the Festival website and go through to the subtle mobs page. Participants will receive an email confirming their registration.

24 hours before the event, participants will receive a second email with details of where to meet and their special MP3 to download to their own MP3 player.

As If It Were The Last Time
Sat 1 Mar, 8.30pm, Free
Wellington CBD – registrations open in 2014. Location details provided 24 hours before the event.

Our Broken Voice
Fri 21, Tue 25, Thu 27 Feb, Tue 4, Thu 6 Mar, 6pm, Free
Wellington CBD – registrations open in 2014. Location details provided 24 hours before the event.

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