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This show is part of Collected Works 2020

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 3–4 April 2020

Make your own bid for freedom

E-sports, retro gaming and arts activism collide in Return to Escape from Woomera. Sixteen years ago a group of anonymous game developers created a low-budget computer game featuring an asylum seeker on a hero’s journey. What followed was a political uproar and media circus that changed the face of video games and art activism in Australia forever. Criticised by the then-immigration minister, the game circumvented the government’s new sedition laws to bring Australia the first substantial depiction of conditions in an Australian detention centre. New-media arts company Applespiel invite you to a special one-night-only event that critics have described as engaging, cathartic and timely. Witness the original game played live (volunteer to play if you dare) with commentary from a panel of artists, activists, and former-detainees. How much has changed since 2003? Join us to find out as e-sports gets political.

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Synopsis

THIS PRODUCTION IS PART OF                     
COLLECTED WORKS 2020

SAVE UP TO $20 ON THE BEST
SEATS IN THE HOUSE 

 3–4 April 2020

Make your own bid for freedom

E-sports, retro gaming and arts activism collide in Return to Escape from Woomera.

Sixteen years ago a group of anonymous game developers created a low-budget computer game featuring an asylum seeker on a hero’s journey. What followed was a political uproar and media circus that changed the face of video games and art activism in Australia forever. Criticised by the then-immigration minister, the game circumvented the government’s new sedition laws to bring Australia the first substantial depiction of conditions in an Australian detention centre.

New-media arts company Applespiel invite you to a special one-night-only event that critics have described as engaging, cathartic and timely. Witness the original game played live (volunteer to play if you dare) with commentary from a panel of artists, activists, and former-detainees.

How much has changed since 2003? Join us to find out as e-sports gets political.

Dates

Friday 3 April, 7.30pm

Saturday 4 April, 7.30pm

Credits

Return to Escape from Woomera was commissioned by Performance Space, Sydney for Liveworks 2018.

CAST:
Applespiel (Nathan Harrison, Emma McManus, Rachel Roberts, Simon Vaughan)

DRAMATURG:
Paschal Daantos Berry

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR:
Solomon Thomas

LIGHTING & SET DESIGNER:
Emma Lockhart-Wilson

Details

PRESENTED BY:
Canberra Theatre Centre & Applespiel

CATEGORY:
Special Event/Other

DURATION:
TBC

WARNINGS:
This performance contains both discussion and depiction of the real experiences of refugees in detention, which may be distressing. Audiences are able to leave and re-enter the space at any time.

SUIT CHILDREN?:
Parental discretion is advised.

VENUE:
Courtyard Studio
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