Area 53 @ UneARTh FESTIVAL

March 30th - 31st 2018

After the success of Area 53 in 2017 the drama crew wanted to perform the work again and be part of the second UneARTh Festival. Thanks to a grant from the Australian Government through the Regional Arts Fund and Country Arts SA and support from Whyalla City Council we were able to get award winning theatre maker Claire Glenn and Anthony Kelly back to Whyalla to continue the story of Area 53 at the festival.

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Backstage between Festival shows. 

Backstage between Festival shows. 

The team planning with Claire & Anthony and making some big decisions about the narrative of Area53, yay for technology!

The team planning with Claire & Anthony and making some big decisions about the narrative of Area53, yay for technology!

Alien on the streets of Whyalla! beware especially if you are eating a cheese toasty, aliens love cheese toasties.

Alien on the streets of Whyalla! beware especially if you are eating a cheese toasty, aliens love cheese toasties.

The drama crew and artists decided that the story of Area 53 would follow the real life time line of the shows; five months after the first audiences were smuggled into the top secret government facility. This time there is a twist the unsuspecting audiences are entering Area53 and ten minutes after things have gone terribly wrong inside. With the help of the characters the audience try to piece together what has happened through the witnesses and security footage until things go wrong for everyone in a catastrophic alien quarantine breach!

In the lead up to the festival we prepared and planned and the young people Skyped Claire and Anthony to make some of the big plot decisions prior to their arrival in Whyalla. After arriving Claire and Anthony worked with the sixteen young people involved over two days before launching straight into eight shows over the two day festival. It seems like no time at all to put together a show but the drama crew were amazing and pulled out some brilliant performances and we are all so proud of the show. 

The performers also had the opportunity to have a short meet and great with one extra special audience made up of Adelaide Festival staff and other performers. It was a great opportunity for the drama crew and artists to talk about what they had made and also have a round of applause.

After the final show a small group of the performers did some roaming in costume after the final show and had selfies with festival goers posting. They were rockstars!

Thank you to the amazing artists who showed us all what we are capable of making together. 

Planning break on workshop days. Still can't believe these guys put this show together in just two days!

Planning break on workshop days. Still can't believe these guys put this show together in just two days!