Ghosts, Toast, and the Things Unsaid - Sandpit

Google's Creative Lab
Ghosts, Toast, and
the Things Unsaid

THE BRIEF..........................

To create an immersive performance with 360˚ sound using Google’s invisible, embedded technology.

Video by Grumpy Sailor

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THE PROJECT.........................

Google’s Creative Lab and Grumpy Sailor in Sydney have collaborated with Sandpit to create a new interactive performance – Ghosts, Toast and the Things Unsaid – premiering at the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Ghosts is an intimate experience in which two audience members (the ‘ghosts’) revisit the kitchen where they fell in love and grew old, during 50 years together.

The performance features special mobile audio technology which allows the audience to ‘tune in’ to the inner thoughts of the actors as they pan around a 360-degree set.

The result is a mix of live action (spoken on stage) and inner monologue (delivered through tiny speakers embedded in special costumes) which provokes the audience to meditate on our propensity to keep secrets, the words that go unheard, and what this means for our relationships.

The performance marries novel production and staging techniques with simple truths about our everyday lives in a way that would not be possible but for the technology that is - literally - woven into the experience. Ghosts has an immersive set design that can be installed in either a small studio theatre space, or a found space (such as a small warehouse or office building).

The project went on to become a virtual reality installation at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and acquired into their permanent collection.

THE TECHNOLOGY..........................

Android phone, headset, custom Android app and web based dash board

CREDITS..........................

Text by Katherine Fyffe & the Cast
Directed by Sam Haren & Dan Koerner
Set & Costume Design by Renate Henschke
Sound & Music by Jed Palmer & Zoë Barry
Lighting Design by Chris Petridis

Performed & Devised by
Tilda Cobham-Hervey
Maude Davey
Patrick Frost
David Heinrich
Chrissie Page
Lewis Rankin
Stephen Sheehan

Production Management by Lisa Hill
Technology Produced by Grumpy Sailor

Hero image by Josh Heath

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WHAT'S BEEN SAID..........................

"The Ghosts project set out to explore uncharted territory of augmented performance in 360 degrees. It was conceptually and technically daunting however - Sandpit assembled a team without a single weak player. The outcome completely exceeded my expectations. I wish we had more Sandpits around to play with."

Tea Uglow, Creative Director
Google's Creative Lab

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