unhappen FBThe inaugural Artist in Residence program at Upper River Hall has already seen three great artistic projects being developed at the hall over 2014 –Jo Stirling’s The Modern Midden; Ben Fowler’s Southerly Change concert and recordings and The Eaton Gorge Theatre Company’s new show Audrey of the Outback which will be showing at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre in October.

Finishing the year with a bang, we will be welcoming Sydney-based group UNHAPPEN to the hall for the final residency of the year. UNHAPPEN creates live experiences designed to be communally shared. They produce theatre, portable media, installations and participatory events believing that “entertainment” means “to hold mutually”, and that an event is a communicative act instead of a commodity. They will be using the residency to develop a new participatory public work called Threshold for The Rocks Village Bizarre program to take place over several nights at the end of 2014 in The Rocks, Sydney. The time at Upper River Hall will be used to clarify the details of the participatory experience and to start designing and making the sound, lighting and physical elements (costume or sculpture) of the work.

On Friday 31 October (Halloween) at 6pm, you are invited to come and experience a small preview of this developing immersive work – a darkened space, soundscapes and images, a mysterious creature who you might meet there. What will happen? Why are they there? What are you required to do?

There will also be a short presentation by UNHAPPEN on their experiences making immersive participatory theatre, with examples and stories of previous works, as well as the opportunity for participants to provide feedback about the experience.
If you dress for Halloween there will be tricks and treats!
Suitable for all ages – but only if you are brave!
Places are limited and bookings are essential! Entry by donation. 
BOOKINGS & INFORMATION: upperriverhall@gmail.com


This residency has been made possible by the Upper Kangaroo River Progress Association, with assistance from the Arts NSW Country Arts Support Program, a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of the NSW government and Shark Island Institute Kangaroo Valley, which will be providing accommodation for the artists.

UNHAPPEN – Performing artists in residence