Audience’s chance to change town’s future
IPSWICH: Recreated especially for the town, a thought-provoking arts production about humanity’s impact on the environment comes to Suffolk University Campus today <June 9>.
Part of this year’s Pulse Festival, 3rd Ring Out: Rehearsing the Future has been created by Metis Arts and takes place in two adapted shipping containers until June 12.
They serve as mobile command centres set in 2033, in which teams have to deal with a range of emergency scenarios caused by the impact of climate change.
Combining drama, video and an interactive computer system, actors play team leaders who guide the audience through this simulation - inviting them to choose how the story unfolds.
The audience sit around a map of a sector encompassing Ipswich city centre and the marina and the production has been developed with the support of a number of notable scientists and the direct input of emergency planners to make the action scientifically sound and realistic.
Metis Arts, who produced this piece, were keen to bring it to Ipswich due to the low-lying position of the town within the east of England and the direct impact climate change might have on the area to flood risk.
After the performance, the audience can find out how everyone else “voted” and compare the results of their team with others during the run and with performances elsewhere. There is also a website for further exploration and discussion.
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Performances take place each day at 11am, 1.30pm, 4.30pm and 7pm.