Google’s Creative Lab and Grumpy Sailor in Sydney have collaborated with Sandpit to create a new interactive performance – Ghosts, Toast and the Things Unsaid – premiering at the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Ghosts is an intimate experience in which two audience members (the ‘ghosts’) revisit the kitchen where they fell in love and grew old, during 50 years together.
The performance features special mobile audio technology which allows the audience to ‘tune in’ to the inner thoughts of the actors as they pan around a 360-degree set.
The result is a mix of live action (spoken on stage) and inner monologue (delivered through tiny speakers embedded in special costumes) which provokes the audience to meditate on our propensity to keep secrets, the words that go unheard, and what this means for our relationships.
The performance marries novel production and staging techniques with simple truths about our everyday lives in a way that would not be possible but for the technology that is – literally – woven into the experience. Ghosts has an immersive set design that can be installed in either a small studio theatre space, or a found space (such as a small warehouse or office building).
The project went on to become a virtual reality installation at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and acquired into their permanent collection.