An adventurous new audio-led theatre experience, Mountain Goat Mountain, has been created during isolation for families across Australia to enjoy at home.

The work was created by Australian theatre company Threshold and developed with the support of Adelaide Festival Centre’s DreamBIG Children’s Festival, Arts Centre Melbourne, AWESOME International Children’s Festival and HOTA, Home of the Arts.

Aimed at families with young children (aged five years and older) who miss going to the theatre, Mountain Goat Mountain is an interactive storytelling journey.

DreamBIG Children’s Festival Creative Producer Susannah Sweeney: “We’re excited to be part of this project, and the great thing about Mountain Goat Mountain is that it is a totally new work and it’s perfect for the situation we find ourselves in. It’s a wonderfully fun and imaginative experience.

“The artists behind this work have been part of our festival previously with Rain in 2017 and The Boy Who Loved Tiny Things last year, and we love what they create, so we are delighted to be supporting this project along with our interstate colleagues.”

Through a series of activities that help families set up and step into their own magical imaginative world, participants will find themselves crawling through tunnels, crossing lava pits and swimming through underwater caves – all without leaving home.

Guided by a narrative soundscape, families will embark on this 45-minute theatrical experience using only a charged audio device (computer, phone or tablet), a bed sheet (the bigger the better), a piece of blank paper (A4 will do) and their favourite pencils, pens or markers.

The unique theatre experience created for children and grown-ups to share together was created in isolation by artists Zoë Barry, Liz Francis, Nikita Hederics, Tahli Corin and Sarah Lockwood for Threshold. Threshold is a new Australian company that use theatrical tools to create experiences that bring people together.

Co-creator Sarah Lockwood said Mountain Goat Mountain was for families who enjoy adventure: “It’s for families needing a break from monotony and who are looking for a sense of occasion and a way to celebrate each other and this time together. Over many years I’ve been working with members of this creative team to create invitational spaces that encourage relationships to grow. When theatres started shutting down, we realised that we had a unique offering.”

Co-creator Tahli Corin said as artists who live regionally and are raising small children, she and Sarah had been thinking about how to bring theatres into homes for some time: “Threshold launched in June last year, so we were already interested in how we could work to create theatre in people’s homes before the pandemic hit and made it a necessity. There’s a lot of commentary right now about what the world will be like post coronavirus, and Mountain Goat Mountain is an opportunity to imagine and explore a new world together.”

Audiences can access Mountain Goat Mountain via The Show Must Go On, Adelaide Festival Centre’s new collection of online interviews and performances: adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au/whats-on/the-show-must-go-on

Tickets cost $12.95 per family and are valid for 30 days, with all funds going to the artists who created the work. For more information about Threshold, visit: thethreshold.com.au

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