A Lime Pictures Homemakers commission
Created and Developed by Seiriol Davies and Matthew Blake
Written and Composed by Seiriol Davies
Game Design and Visual Design by Matthew Blake
Ask yourself: what if? What if there was a parallel universe floating 3cm underneath the surface of the world, right where you’re sat right now? Another world occupying the same space as your house / flat / caravan, but which is also huge and epic; in which you could do great deeds and take actual control of your destiny? What if such a thing was real?
Ha! Trick question! It is real, and you’re going there right now – put your trousers on…
ACTUALQUEST is an interactive, immersive, fantasy musical that is set in and around your very own home; all you need is a smart device, about 25 minutes and a giddy sense of adventure!
Inspired by fantasy games of the 90s, from the masterpiece TV gameshow Knightmare to the brilliantly tacky VHS board games like Atmosfear, ACTUALQUEST is a wonky, gaudy, hilarious adventure that shows us how, even when we can feel totally out of control, there is always joy and hope to be found.
The piece is largely audio-based, so let your imagination – led by powerful guides Peter and David McWizard – literally transform your home into the parallel universe of PretendyLand.
To get the best experience in PretendyLand, it’s recommended that you play on a portable device and with earphones in. But fellowships, be not discouraged! Feel free to share your access code with your household and quest together, maybe using one of those headphone splitters. Or start the quest individually, on your own devices, and see which different places you end up.
ACTUALQUEST is designed to be played multiple times, with your choices unlocking a different path through the story. The quest… is yours
Tickets are available as ‘Pay What You Can’ – the suggested price for this event is £5 – but there are a range of ticket prices so you can choose what you can afford from the options, including £0 as we want as many people as possible to access our Homemakers commissions.
We’ve also included a higher option for anyone who wants to take the opportunity to make a larger donation to our artists and organisations. How much you choose to pay is completely up to you, and every audience member will receive exactly the same content and experience.
All the money raised from ticket sales for this event will be split evenly with 50% going directly to the artist and 50% to Lime Pictures’ response fund to allow them to continue to support future artists and commissions.
Homemakers Project Overview
Homemakers is a series of new commissions, where we invite our favourite artists and artistic partners to combine to create work at home, for an audience who are also at home.
We’re not pretending that all art can be experienced online just as satisfactorily as in person; but we want to demonstrate the innovation of artists who work all kinds of forms, by inviting them to respond to this very specific context. We want to bring contemporary new performance to audiences all over the world, in all its form-flexing, mind-expanding, surprising subversive brilliance.
About Seiriol Davies
Seiriol Davies trained at LISPA. He is the writer, composer and lead of How To Win Against History, the critical and audience smash of Edinburgh Fringe 2016 and 17 which toured England and Wales and had an extended run at the Young Vic. He is currently working with the same core team, including Matthew Blake, on Milky Peaks, a fierce, ferocious new musical about community, which will open at Theatr Clwyd after Covid. He is also co-writing a rip-roaring musical with Maxine Peake; details announced soon!
Recent work includes the interactive epic Mission Control with National Theatre Wales and Hijinx (associate artist, script, performer); Welsh-language queer musical Con Gwlad with Cwmni Pluen, Stonewall Cymru, National Eisteddfod of Wales (co-writer, songwriter, performer); Effigies of Wickedness with Gate Theatre and English National Opera (lyricist). Seiriol wrote the musical finale to The Greatest Wealth, The Old Vic’s celebration of the NHS. Awards include The Stage Award for Acting Excellence, a Wales Theatre Award, and The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award. He was nominated for a 2018 UK Theatre Award for ‘Best Performance in a Musical’.
@seirioldavies on Twitter
About Matthew Blake
Matthew Blake is an award-winning theatre maker who trained at East 15 under Brian Astbury. He regularly works as an associate director for Punchdrunk, making award-winning, sight sympathetic, immersive experiences all over the globe. He devised and performed as Alexander Keith in Seiriol Davies’ sellout show How To Win Against History at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, UK tour and The Young Vic. He is currently working on Milky Peaks with Seiriol Davies, which will open at Theatr Clwyd after Covid.
Other recent work includes: Double Vision with Gagglebabble and Wales Millennium Centre (director); The Third Day Live Event with HBO / Punchdrunk (associate director); The Oracles with Punchdrunk (director, writer, game designer). He is in a girl band called Heart & Soul and regularly hosts a cabaret night called One Legged Dog as the wonderful but not so famous Jan McDonald, sister of the wonderful and very famous Jane McDonald.
@mrsmatthewblake on Twitter
About Lime Pictures
Lime Pictures is one of the UK’s largest independent production companies, leading the way in delivering ground-breaking content. Recent output includes Free Rein, the double Emmy-winning children’s drama for Netflix, and high volume super-brand Hollyoaks – the innovative and award-winning daily soap now in its 24th season on Channel 4. With a breadth of award-winning content, shows include Emmy nominated The Evermoor Chronicles, the first European drama commissioned by the Disney Channel US, the global hit House of Anubis for Nickelodeon US, BAFTA nominated and Prix Jeunesse awarded Rocket’s Island for CBBC, and the Banff award-winning multiplatform drama The Well. In addition to its drama output, Lime’s reality slate ranges from the genre-defining The Only Way Is Essex, to the Emmy winning The Singles Project. Known for breaking new talent on and off screen, Lime prides itself on challenging our audience and provoking debate with bold storytelling across all platforms.
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