Interactive theatre is part tour, part bar crawl, part game and part theatre which sends the audience on an actual journey through Sydney streets. Made popular in New York, Los Angeles and London, this unique experience has made its way to Sydney through Sydney Interactive Theatre.
"The Messenger" is a modern day Underbelly style gangster experience. I met the six other 'Messengers' that made up our team at a confidential spot where our exciting journey began. We were sent on a scavenger hunt through the city, finding clues and meeting with gangsters and shady characters all along the way that were there to guide us or trick us?
It's tough to fully describe the experience of Sydney Interactive Theatre without giving away clues and tips that would spoil the game for the next person. But suffice it to say that the less you know about what is going to happen, the better and more fun you'll have on the tour.
What I can share is the story of "The Messenger." It's about Donnie and Rose, a young couple in love. They aren't just any young couple though; they are embroiled in the underbelly of Sydney's mob scene. They're tired of a life of crime and they want out. They are looking to do one last job worth 50 million dollars that will set them up for life. The heist started off well but they got caught in the act by the mob boss Tony. Donnie and Rose are separated and have to run for their lives and that's where The Messengers (the audience) come in. The Messengers have to find Rose and if they are successful they'll get a cut of the 50 million. That's incentive enough for me to go on a tour through the city trying to help these young kids get out of a life of crime and maybe even get a cut of the deal.
The tour takes place through The Rocks and Circular Quay, areas that are rich in history and fascinating for local Sydneysiders and tourists alike to experience. Also enjoyable were the stops at local pubs where drink and food is included in the ticket price. Solving mysteries works up a thirst and an appetite that was happily quenched as we went on our merry way.
Make sure to wear good walking shoes as this is definitely a walking tour, albeit at your own pace, it's not a race so you don't have to rush through it.
During the two and a half hour experience we solved mysteries, were intrigued by back street plots and dazzled by the finale . Did Rose and her beloved Donnie escape the cruel grip of Tony the Mobster and get their 50 million and run off in the sunset? You'll have to join The Messengers to find out, and that is something that I highly recommend doing. Sydney Interactive Theatre is a fresh vibrant way to discover or rediscover Sydney that should be on everyone's to do list this summer.