I'll be honest. I didn't know what to expect from the evening, and I knew very little about Anywhere Theatre Festival. Now, however, I am enlightened by the lightness and vow to never be dull again.
The Farce Awakens is a unique and delightful combination of theatre and game played out in the hallowed halls of the Brisbane City Hall. The moment we walked through the front doors, characters greeted us and scanned us for hidden dullness. Luckily, my husband and I both passed and were permitted to venture upstairs to join in the fun with the eclectic group of fans and theatre goers.
Once again, we were greeted by the friendly staff and handed two cards - one was a character and the other was a life card that could be taken away at any moment. At this stage, I was still pretty clueless about what the evening proposed.
The Game Master arrived and gave us a quick lowdown, which really wasn't very enlightening, and that is the only downside to the evening. Being new to this kind of function, there were no real instructions as to what we were meant to do so my husband and I wandered about the Brisbane Art Gallery admiring the scenery and watching the various shows put on by the theatre instead of immersing ourselves in the games that evolved around us.
Back to the game and I will try not to give away too much - we were on an inter-dimensional ship and our job was to help investigate the Dull, a serious threat to the Lightness, and to the
game characters trapped on the ship. The character cards we were given corresponded with a passenger and we had to make choices which would impact each character.
Several pairs of actors acted out various scenarios over the two hour game-show, like the wandering minstrels of old. There was lots of improv, which proved to be very, very funny. The idea is to find the character that matches your card and follow that character, helping to solve the mystery attached to them. Every now and then, we would run into Death, which the characters couldn't see, but could sense.
The audience was encouraged to join in, which we did heartily. There was lots of heckling that the actors handled with great ease and enjoyment. The actors were having as much fun as the game goers, which really added to the wonderful atmosphere of the night.
All in all, I recommend The Farce Awakens for a rollicking night of game and show. Just remember to take your fun with you, and to leave all that Dull at home.