The troupe see playing pervasive games, which bring parlour games outside and often involve the use of technology, as being of artistic merit. They use their theatre skills to make the experience performative, while encouraging everyone in the audience to participate.
Pop Up Playground rose to prominence during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2012. Their first show consisted of a much improvised game of Werewolf, played out on stage and with the audience. Since then, they have launched several other shows.
In February, Pop Up Playground will be bringing their next show, Fresh Air, to Federation Square. With interactive and social games to be played, it resembles a high school drama class and really has nothing to do with conventional playgrounds. Games to be played include Grandma's Footsteps, Bury Yer Treasure, and scaling the steps in teams while pretending to be a mountain climber.
Pop Up Playground's test run of Fresh Air for their Fed Square show. Image: facebook.com/PopUpPlayground