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You board a bus and the world outside your window loses certainty.
Set onboard a moving suburban bus, this unusual theatre work is like being inside a film, complete with epic original soundtrack, an unexpected narrative, a cowboy and a black horse. An overheard conversation plays out between two fellow passengers and as you gaze at the passing world outside, you’re seduced into an altered understanding of the environment around you.
Exploring our relationship to screen media and how it influences our interpretation of the world, Passenger frames its chosen built up urban landscape as a filmic backdrop – the frontier of the market-driven economy and the perfect setting for a modern-day Western.
Image: Gerard Assi
Jessica Wilson is an artistic entrepreneur with a strong practice in image-based theatre and participative art. She has conceived and realised a myriad of artistic works that respond to people and places, often involving hundreds of participants. Her strength is in marrying the poetic and the logistical to create unexpected theatrical experiences.
Wilson has built a profile creating interactive works for children, as well as large-scale open-air theatre and visual arts. Her works are commissioned and presented by Australian and international arts centres including New York’s New Victory Theater, Chicago’s Redmoon, Monteral’s Le Coup de Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne and Artplay.
Ian Pidd is a freelance director of theatre and festivals. His practice veers between programming festivals (The Lost Lands, Junction, The Falls), directing theatre (Men Of Steel, Snuff Puppets) and participatory “things" (Dark MOFO ritual parade, Dookie Earthed).
Ian is one third of Everybody NOW! a performance making collective who create bespoke social dance projects across the country. His work is regularly seen throughout Australia and in Europe and Asia. Ian co-conceived and directed Passenger with Jessica Wilson. www.ianpidd.com.au