What could well be the world’s first piece of “iPad Theatre” is currently on show in Melbourne. Glasgow-based Fish and Game held sold out performances of Alma Mater at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival and now bring their spine-tingling show to the Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall.
Part theatre, part film, part installation, Alma Mater’s audience arrive one by one in a life-sized children’s bedroom and are then given an iPad with headphones where they are taken into the world of a little girl. The show consists of eight on-screen characters and contains an original score, but no dialogue. Audience members roam the set of the young girl’s bedroom as the video interacts with spectator and stage set. At only 20 minutes long, Alma Mater is not for the faint-hearted.