Swamp Clubb for TRANSART 2016, City of Perth
Swamp Clubb was a four part walking tour - a hybrid between immersive theatre and interdisciplinary talks from esteemed guests. Here is a snap shot of a few of the activities that took place within the tour, and how a typical Swamp Clubb would have run.
Nandi Chinna, our Swamp patron, reads to our blindfolded audience her poetry, speaking of blinking frogs, of the memory of water, of wetland remnants. It's an emotional time, standing in the ghost of the lake.
And the crowd are thoroughly pleased, who wouldn't be?
The audience descend into where the lake used to exist and walk down a eucalyptus scented stairwell, awash with recorded sounds of swamp life and live singers' voices intermingling. We wanted to obstruct the humdrum of walking down a stairwell such as this one - usually in a rush on the way to catch a train, usually smelling like urine too. These stairwells are interesting acoustic spaces and fill with reverb and echo.
After emerging from the car park, we find Andy sitting on his car between two ghost gums, with a stick of incense poking out from a mandarin. The car park is strewn with leaves and it starts to rain. He sings about being an astronaut and flying over the Swan River. It's lifts our spirits after remembering the lost lake.
A young sound maker helps us create a seascape of rushing leaves as the audience stand in a circle, closing their eyes. Sam plays the trombone in response.
A salty, delicious samphire.