It was one of the most engaging and thought provoking shows of 2013’s Independent theatre scene in Melbourne, The Confidence Man unfolds with the gripping intimacy of a tale whispered in your ear, at Perth’s Studio Underground for a limited season from 1 May 2015.
When a large sports bag full of cash is brought into Peter’s very ordinary home, his family finds themselves caught up in a sinister and disturbing chain of events. You are invited to step onto the floor and into this gripping thriller, experiencing first-hand the sordid betrayal and moral philandering that’s about to smother this suburban dream. What would you do if you found a bag full of cash?
The Confidence Man is the story of an ordinary family placed in an extraordinary situation. A morally complex tale where good people do bad things. A life and death situation has never been so fun!
“The Confidence Man is inventive storytelling at its most memorable. A dynamic, fun and unique experience created by a talented team of Perth artists, it hints at some of the very bright possibilities ahead in the future of theatre-making,” says Melissa Cantwell, Artistic Director Perth Theatre Company.
Director Zoe Pepper offers audiences a new interactive audio experience which places them at the centre of the action: you are the gun slinging drug dealer, the obnoxious teenage daughter, the smooth talking con man. Performed by six audience members, equipped with masks and headsets that guide them through the story using a combination of sound track, narration and pre-recorded dialogue, participants navigate the space, experiencing events in the first person.
Those who prefer to watch can survey the action from the perimeter, eavesdropping on characters’ most private thoughts and conversations. Listening through headphones the audience use a smart phone (provided) to toggle between the audio of the different characters; building their own unique experience as they choose the action they want to follow.
“Side Pony is very excited to be working with Perth Theatre Company again and to be able to share our work with our home town audience… Perth audiences seem to relish new, surprising experiences and I’m sure they are going to love the totally-lost-in-the moment experience of The Confidence Man,” says Side Pony Productions.
Director: Zoe Pepper Voice Performers: Igor Sas, Brendan Ewing, Andrew Hale, Talei Howell Price, Kate Neylon, Adriane Daff, Mikala Westall, Will O’Mahony, Sean Walsh, Kym Bidstrup, Brent Hill Writers: Zoe Pepper and Adriane Daff Composer: Ash Gibson Greig Sound Designer: Sam Price Mask Designer: Rebecca Baumann Lighting Designer: Lucy Birkinshaw Producer: Gemma Pepper
The Confidence Man
Studio Underground – State Theatre Centre of WA, William Street, Perth
Season: 1 – 10 May 2015
Bookings: 1300 795 012 or online at: www.ticketek.com.au
For more information, visit: www.perththeatre.com.au for details.
Image: The Confidence Man – photo by Skye Sobejko