Root Experience Play Series
Root Experience Play Series


MARCH - MAY 2013

Root Experience takes theatre from the computer and into the world of games with a series of urban gaming experiments held at Lighthouse and on the streets of Brighton.

Human Tetris
Human Tetris

Game playing is a fundamental form of human expression, like making music or telling stories. Every game is a context for reflection, a laboratory for thinking about thinking…

Take a regular, everyday app on your smartphone – from GPS to your phone torch or anything in between – and Root Experience theatre company will help you to use them to create and play your very own games.

In this series of gaming sessions led by theatre director, Simon Magnus, the role of smart phones and game-play in interactive theatre was explored. Games were brought to life at Lighthouse and on the streets of Brighton.

Root Experience is a Brighton based interactive theatre company that has been devising performances and workshops in the UK and Asia since 2006.

Their work is provoked from an intrigue into social behaviour and performances are based on a structure that invites debate, direction and inclusion from their audience. By breaking down conventional actor/spectator relationships they aim to enable their audience and performers to feel fully present to each moment of the work.

The Plays Series gaming sessions were as follows:

How Smart Is Your Smartphone?
Dates & Times: Thursday 21 March, 6.30pm & Saturday 23 March, 11am
Venue: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton BN1 4AJ
Play a game of human snake, create a digital treasure hunt and outsmart the other teams to win the prize. Have fun playing our games and let your imagination go wild creating your own using regular apps on your smartphone (e.g. instant messaging, GPS, torch).

It’s Virtually Reality
Dates & Times: Thursday 28 March, 6.30pm (indoors), Saturday 30 March, 2.30pm (streets of Brighton)
Venue: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton BN1 4AJ
Take adventure games out of the digital realm and put them into the real world. Take part in a “live” chat room where anonymous messages provide clues to who is who. Create your own real-life avatar, build missions and challenge other players.

Your Mission Should You Choose To Accept It…
Dates & Times: Tuesday 2 April & Friday 5 April, 6.30pm (indoors)
Saturday 6 April, 2.30pm (on the streets of Brighton)
Venue: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton BN1 4AJ
Be part of a mission that plays out using your smart phone, indoors and out on the streets.
Can you use your portable communication device to influence your game play?
Working in teams how can you tell stories using your mobile phone?

The Game Project Experiment
Dates & Times: Sunday 5 May, Sunday 12 May & Sunday 19 May 2013, 2pm
Brighton streets start location revealed to players – Free (invitation only)
Root Experience are currently developing their own very special theatre game across the streets of Brighton. Come and be the first to try out this prototype and let us know what you think. If you’re interested get in touch!

Actors’ Workshops
Dates: Saturday 13 April, Sunday 14 April & Saturday 20 April 2013
Times: 11- 4pm
Venue: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton BN1 4AJ
Intimate audience focused performance is becoming a familiar way of working. In this three-day workshop we will explore the techniques that bring intimate performance to your audience so that both they and you feel comfortable, creative and ready to explore together. Workshops will end creating an intimate one-to-one performance to audience members.

Plays Series is supported by Arts Council England and is part of the Game Project residency at Blast Theory.



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