Photos by Tarryn Gill
Pollyanna is a multi-space performance piece that aims to immerse an audience into an interactive fictional world, much like a ‘real life role playing game’.
Welcome to Sunset; a small town filled with lies and dark secrets. It is the night of Pollyanna’s 16th birthday and you, the audience, are arriving at her surprise party. You are welcomed inside by her parents, and put your gift on the towering presents table. You eat, drink, sign her card and brush shoulders with the ‘who’s who’ of Sunset. There is a knock at the door, you hide in the dark, the door opens, you yell “SURPRISE!” But it’s not Polly, it’s the police; Pollyanna has been murdered.
From here the performance fractures into six simultaneous and interweaving narratives. You might become a local cop investigating the tragic incident with respect and due diligence. Or you might be a crooked cop, taking bribes and planting evidence to frame the Mayor’s son. Or perhaps you’re one of Polly’s best friends from high school, getting in way over your head in an attempt to retrace Polly’s final steps. You might be an investigative journalist, desperate to get the scoop on Polly’s murder and expose the deep seeded corruption in this town. If you are one of the Mayor’s goons, then you will be doing everything and anything to keep him in power. Otherwise you’ll be a down and out Private Detective, just trying to prove your still worth a damn. During the show you may plant hidden bugs, make secret phone calls, make fake ID’s, defuse a bomb, break your friend out of jail and shred secret files.
Part murder mystery, part crime fiction, each pathway has a different and intricately detailed perspective of the experience. The audience is encouraged to play and explore, rewarding their curiosity and creativity with rich story that is shaped by them.
It has undergone two creative developments, in 2012 at the Old Treasury Building (supported by Fringe World Festival), and in 2013 in an abandoned hospital wing at Sunset Hospital (funded by the Australia Council).
Creator / Director: Tim Watts
Co-Director / Devisor: Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd
Devisors/Performers/Contibutors: Arielle Gray, Gita Bezard, Chris Isaacs, Lawrence Ashford, Stacy Gougoulis, Sarah Reuben, Brendan Ewing, Nathan Tetlaw, Michelle Robin Andreson, Fran Middleton, Thomas Vowels, Brent Hill, Thomas Vowles, Jeffrey Jay Fowler and Natalie Holmwood.
Technical support: Anthony Watts
Designer: Tarryn Gill
Producer: Kathryn Osborne
Please contact Sean Walsh - firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.