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Interactive iPod noir where not everything is black and white

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This article is from 2010.

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Why watch a Fringe show when, for a small fee, you can star in one? Direct from a sell-out run in New York, Suspicious Package is an ‘interactive iPod noir’ which invites you to do just that. ‘I wanted to do a show where each person that turns up could be a star in the show,’ says writer and director Gyda Arber, adding, ‘there are no small parts, everyone gets to shine.’

Limited to an audience of six, each audience-cum-cast member is given a character, a prop and an iPod complete with their character’s lines, directions and internal monologue. The six then set off, iPods in hand, to play the showgirl, her doctor, the heiress, the producer, the detective, and the plucky girl reporter.

At various points in the piece, which was co-written by Arber and her mother, Wendy Coyle, the six cast members will meet up to enact scenes before they all come together for the final climactic scene.

‘It’s really fun to watch,’ says Arber. ‘Usually in the first scene everyone is awkward and by the end they’re all really into it and delivering their lines with great verve and panache.’

C too, St Columba’s by the Castle, 0845 260 1234, 5–30 Aug (not 17), performed hourly noon–7pm, £8.50–£10.50 (£7.50–£9.50).

This article is from 2010.

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Following a sold-out run in NYC, this interactive experience unfolds as audience members are guided through their roles with both aural and visual cues via provided media players. Video flashbacks and narrative voiceovers fill in your backstory while maps of locations and your dialogue are displayed on screen. Part…

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