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Theatre

Frogman (UK)

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse and Brisbane International Film Festival

It’s 2018, a police officer arrives at Meera’s coral laboratory. Meera is interrogated about Ashleigh Richardson, a 13-year-old girl who went missing in 1995.

It’s 1995, and Meera is eleven. It’s her first sleepover with her best friends, Lily and Shaun. Cassette recordings from the radio and Sega Mega Drive distract them from theories about Ashleigh’s disappearance. Outside, on the Great Barrier Reef, police divers are on a search- and-rescue mission by torchlight.

At the crossroads of contemporary performance and cutting-edge tech, Frogman is a coming-of-age thriller integrating virtual reality with live performance from award-winning UK company curious directive, and developed with school children across Brisbane. Audiences experience the 1995 storyline in a 360 degree VR environment. Frogman will sweep you up in its wake.

Devised by curious directive.
A curious directive, Hull UK City of Culture 2017, The Deep, The Old Market co-production in association with Brisbane Powerhouse.
Directed by Jack Lowe.

BIFF is presented by Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) with thanks to Principal & Founding Sponsor, Screen Queensland and Major Government Partner, Screen Australia

Reviews

Curious directive are theatre pioneers.

The Daily Telegraph (UK)

The story itself is compelling: a lovely, well-told coming-of-age tale about mistakes, hatred, small-town life and who your real friends are.

Whats on Stage (UK)

Curious directive have created a production of rare skill and beauty: despite its high-tech form, the storytelling remains simple, deep and exquisite.

Broadway Baby (UK)

The underwater sections look genuinely stunning, especially when we swim over the Great Barrier Reef, while the bits looking back to Meera’s bedroom feature some good child actors, are pretty – cradled in dreamy music, and with a beautifully detailed retro set from Camilla Clark – and genuinely technologically interesting as we have to move in our seats and peer around us to fully take in the action.

TimeOut (UK)

Touching and nostalgic

The Independent

More Info

Jack Lowe - Director
Georgina Strawson - Performer
Tamsin Withers - Stage Manager
TBC / Technical Stage Manager

VIRTUAL REALITY
Young Meera Clarke – Ava Ryan
Lily McCullen – Indiah Morris
Shaun Jacobs – Sol Castanho
Ashleigh Richardson – Milla Webb

VOICEOVER
DCI Fiona Webb – Sarah Woodward
Douglas Clarke – Johnny Flynn
Cathy Selbourne – Anna Procter
Jen Philips – Kathryn Shenton
Ryan Willis – Russell Woodhead

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Is there food and drink available

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