In September 2019 Flightpath Theatre in collaboration with Merrigong Theatre Company and the Illawarra Multicultural Services will transform the Wollongong Town Hall into an international airport transit lounge for an immersive theatrical experience exploring departures, arrivals and belonging.
The audience arrive, check in and trade tickets for boarding passes and hand luggage. They pass through security where scanners reveal them to be flawed, human… loved. They wait in a transit lounge for their gate to be called. They put on headphones that reveal the inner most thoughts of people sitting next to them. Stories, anecdotes, cautionary tales unfold — of travel, migration and survival – overlapping narratives told in a rich theatrical language of text, physical images, video and sound.
This highly imaginative theatrical work has been developed through a collaboration between local and Sydney based artists and members of the Wollongong community through a series of workshops run with the IMS and The Drama Studio.
IN TRANSIT began life as a research project into interconnectivity and air travel. We distributed postcards at airports around the world asking for thoughts about being in transit. In the stories, poems and emails we received were a number of similar thematic ideas: A sense of displacement, a feeling of freedom from the everyday and above all a desire to connect with others.
‘Transit’ has different connotations in the current socio- political climate. A ‘global office’ business woman sitting in LAX’s sparkling cathedral to commerce is in stark contrast to the ‘transit’ of Manus or a UNCHR camp on Bangladesh’s Myanmar border. The freedom of global movement of some sits uncomfortably next to the struggle of movement of others.
IN TRANSIT explores these big questions at a local level through both the creative process and presentation of this innovative work. In Wollongong in September the transit lounge becomes a space for a conversation about what it means to depart, what it means to arrive and what it means to belong.
Your support will directly translate to the design elements to help make this Wollongong transit lounge look and feel like the real deal with authentic signage, costumes, sounds and lighting. Securing these elements will also enable us to send this work on tour in the future and engage with other regional communities through the unique framework we have developed.
Our target is $5000 which will go into all design elements and also help fund some of the wonderful artists who are currently volunteering their time on this project!
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