Creation Creation answers life’s big questions… sort of!
How did we get here? What is the meaning of life? Is it possible to lick your elbow?
For the world premiere performance of Creation Creation, South Australia’s own Windmill Theatre Company embarked on a journey to ask you, the general public, what big question you wanted an answer to. And then, they crowd-sourced the answers.
Presented as part of Adelaide Festival Centre’s DreamBIG Children’s Festival, Creation Creation sees artists Jonathon Oxlade and Fleur Elise Noble build, battle and brawl their way through a series of seemingly unanswerable questions using whatever means they have at their disposal.
Blending puppetry, mime, animation and live sculpture, Creation Creation is a big-hearted and hilarious escapade that guarantees your most baffling questions answered… sort of.
KIDDO caught up with documentary theatre maker and Creation Creation Co-Creator Roslyn Oades to find out more about the show before it hits the stage from May 19.
How did you put together the script?
I was tasked with managing the audio and scripting for Creation Creation. Over six months I interviewed 50 people aged between eight and 102 years. The starting point was to ask: “What great mystery would you like an answer to?”
I then took these epic, unknowable questions and sought out the answers. In this search, I collected more than 35 hours of audio interview recordings with members of the public.
From there, I edited together an ‘audio script’ made up of the most compelling responses people offered to these big mysteries.
What will we see on stage?
Our two ‘creators’, Jonathon Oxlade and Fleur Elise Noble, will attempt to illustrate the community answers heard in the audio script.
The big mysteries they attempt to illustrate include: How did the world begin? What happens after you die? What’s inside a black hole? Are we alone in the universe? What’s the meaning of life? And, what will life be like in 1000 years?
So, as you can imagine, our performers have an epic challenge ahead!
Who’s the show for?
Anyone who is curious about the incredible mysteries of the universe and our place in it. It’s fun, it’s thoughtful and you’ll leave feeling like your head has grown two sizes.
There’s something incredibly human and moving about hearing real people – amateurs and experts alike – grapple with the unknowable.
There’s still so much scientists don’t know… the rest is guesswork and imagination, which is where Creation Creation comes in.
Creation Creation is at Adelaide Festival Centre’s Space Theatre from May 19-21 as part of DreamBIG Children’s Festival.