As Cold As Ice will contribute to the diversity of the stories told in Australian theatres and give voice to those living in regional areas. This authentic work has been created by Mount Gambier’s Gener8 Theatre through extensive consultation with ice users and their families, prisoners, health workers and police.
It incorporates theatre, dance, film, soundscape and VR and has undergone several developments with support from Country Arts SA, Arts SA, Australia Council, Adelaide Festival Centre and PIRSA.
To complete the work we need support to film a virtual reality component. This element will create a portal, enabling audiences to step inside the world of ice. They will don VR headsets and ‘become’ the central character creating a truly immersive and confronting experience.
Gener8 aims to use immersive theatre as a means to engage communities in a conversation about how they can be more effective in reducing the harms associated with ice. The company believes theatre is a place people can feel safe and be heard, where important stories can be told and valuable dialogue can begin.
Gener8 is respected for the quality of its work and its contribution to SA’s south-east community. Many of the project’s artists hail from the region, giving them a deep relationship with the town and its community, and a lived experience that has facilitated a deeper connection with the material and informed their artistic choices. The work is almost ready for presentation. All that remains is the VR filming and for that we need your support to raise $45,723.
More than 80% of these donations are earmarked for the payment of artist fees and travel and accommodation costs, with the remainder contributing to production costs. The VR component will be filmed in February 2018 and the editing completed in May in readiness for final rehearsals and the premiere season of As Cold As Ice in Mt Gambier in the second half of 2018.
Adelaide Festival Centre has expressed interest in presenting the work and there are plans to follow this season with regional touring in SA and beyond.
Gener8 believes the work will speak universally to regional communities throughout Australia, promoting social healing through sharing the stories of ordinary people impacted by the scourge of the ice epidemic.
Watch our clip to see audience reactions to the pilot.