We Are Here 3.0

I’m really enjoying my time in London. I love working at the Southbank Centre and I really like being in London during the summer, where it has been sunny almost everyday so far!

However I am disappointed to be missing We Are Here 3.0 which is going on in Dublin at the moment. I picked up a brochere for it when I went to see The Wonderful World of Dissocia in the Project a couple of weeks ago. (I liked the play a lot but not as much as I liked God in Ruins, another Anthony Neilson play, that I saw at Christmas.) The brochere describes it as performances that “use cities and their people as source material.”

It looks like a really interesting collection of performances, all of them seem to be non-traditional theatre and a lot use new media in an interesting way. There’s Etiquette, where two people wearing headphones through which they are told what to do and say, interact with each other or In Real Time where two rooms in different countries are connected via video and audio feeds and the performers and the audience in the two cities can interact with each other.

I would be very interested in seeing how they work and I think they are definitely worth checking out if you’re around Dublin at the moment.

Day of the Figurines by Blast Theory

Day Of The Figurines is the Blast Theory project that I am working with for the next month. It’s a text message game set in a fictional town that is littered, dark and underpinned with steady decay.

Blast Theory is an internationally renowned theatre company that uses interactive media to creating groundbreaking new forms of performance and interactive art. A lot of their performances aim to provide each member with a unique, individual experience. This is true of Day Of The Figurines where each player experiences the game through their “character” or figurine.

The game lasts for 24 days and each day represents an hour in the life of a small English town that shifts from the mundane to the cataclysmic. People playing the game do it via text messages. They can receive news, tasks and dilemmas and have to make decisions on behalf of their figurine. They can also chat to other players who are near them in the town.

The physical representation of the town is set up at the Southbank Centre and will be there until July 5th. And I will be there most of that time too, putting people into the game and moving all the little figurines around. You should all come and join the game or at least come and see the town – and visit me!

There is lots of other fun things happening at the Southbank that you can do as well. There’s the Psycho Buildings exhibition at the Hayward Gallery where you can float around in home-made boat and bounce in a giant inflatable sphere! Next weekend there’s Hide and Seek which is a festival “of social games and playful experiences”. There’s also the Lift Festival which has performances inside a lift! And Volume where you can walk around listening to music – that’s the best description I can come up with, it’s a bit weird. However, it is free and I think most if not all of the Hide and Seek games are free as well.

So you have no excuse to come down and see what’s going on at the Southbank – and visit me!

I’ll be there everyday from 12 – 8pm, Sunday 22nd June – Wednesday 2nd of July.

Day Of The Figurines, 12th June – 5th July

Psycho Buildings, until August 5th

Hide and Seek, 27th – 29th June

Lift Festival, 26th June – 6th July

Volume, 13th – 22nd June