A British stand up comedian, musician and writer living in Nijmegen. See more at stevenmorgan.wales
Brains, braaaains, you have to use your braaaaaaains
How many times have you been to the Powerhouse and thought "What this place needs is some zombies"? Mulitple rooms leading off winding corridors and staircases presenting the best arts Brisbane has to offer in a dilapidated old building combined with the living dead seeking fresh flesh to feast on. It's got to have crossed your mind once or twice, right?
Well, perhaps not for most people, but that's what went through the heads of Directors of the Extraordinary. For 10 days only from Wednesday 19th October, Brisbane Powerhouse will transform into a paramilitary-protected private research facility, where scientists have been weaponising a contagion that zombifies humans. Quite irresponsible, but who are we to judge.
The problem is, and we all knew there would be one, is that there's a leak in the lab. As a result, we're on the edge of the zombie apocalypse. Containment gives you the chance to save the world over the course of 90 minutes in a strategy-based team adventure game.
Zombies, live puzzle games, immersive theatre. It's as though someone looked at the most popular things that get people to turn their TVs off and leave the house and combined them all together. The cynic in you wants to say "I'm better than that, I'll wait for the Kafka simulation which turns the Powerhouse into the Department of Transport" but deep down you know that this excites you in ways that would make a nun blush.
How it all hangs together is unclear, but that's the thrill. The excitement comes from the unknown, and the trust that The Powerhouse wouldn't shut down all other programming for ten days so old mates could run around the building under a bedsheet.
Immersive theatre, when done right, is one of the most exhilarating experiences there is. Just look at Punchdrunk and The Drowned Man selling out months of performances at approximately $400 a ticket such was the power of word-of-mouth to ensure others didn't miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Though you may turn your nose up at the cultural saturation of zombies, they tap into a basic instinct of devolved fight or flight. They strip away the humanity from us and remind us how little we've really moved away from our feral beginnings. Sure George A. Romero originally used them as a satire on our unoriginality, but there was a reason they resonated.
With the run lasting only ten days and the chance for early bird tickets already gone, you'd be brain-dead not to get your tickets booked before it's too late.
Did this on the weekend and was very disappointed. Can see they made a real effort but the experience failed to deliver much in the way of suspense and fright and even though it was promoted as a team event there was nothing that required team work. An individual could have done it alone just as successfully or unsuccessful.