I’ve changed the script a lot. I wanted to simplify it, and make the issues more ‘localised’ to the ship rather than big picture – seems more believable and would likely seem to matter more to those present. The new one requires less acting and more action, which is something I got from visiting some immersive events – the acted scenes seem a little staged and separate. It is unfinished and questions still yet to be answered are at the bottom.
Escape To Atlantis To Interzone Audience Journey
- Pre-event video
The week of the event, audience members will receive a video by email, introducing them to the 2 person crew who will be taking them to Mars. It will establish the basics of the story – that they are going to Mars, that there will be a party after takeoff; after which they will go into deep sleep once the moon has been passed (this is important to the story later). It will establish that the ship is being flown by ‘Mothership’, an artificial intelligence designed by Space X.
They will also be asked about people that say a corporation shouldn’t colonise a planet, and that it should be for anyone – blithe reply from the captain, like ‘The thing about anarchists is, they aren’t organised to be build spaceships and colonise planets’.
It will also be used to establish empathy with the characters, as well as trying to make the story light-hearted / entertaining.
As people enter the building they will be given a glow stick, and told it is their emergency light “for emergencies only”.
Music playing in room 2 is Starman by David Bowie, on repeat. People arrive in room 2 and enter queues for processing their Mars citizenship. They are asked for invasive personal data, and anyone (likely everyone) who refuses is told that they therefore are only give ‘half citizenship’ on Mars, with no voting rights. Neon paint is put on their face across the eyes to mark them as half citizens.
Actors processing look like ‘Nu Rave Air Hostesses’.
Anyone who refuses both the data and the neon paint is separated and taken elsewhere for a unique experience. I am thinking of two potential ideas for this.
A) A photobooth-type contraption where they are made to go have their picture taken for ‘incarceration on Mars’, but with a secret hole that leads to the dressing room. In which they are recruited by anarchists onboard who want to get off on the moon, and leave both earth and big corporations / data sharing etc behind. Our lead anarchist can give them booze from a hip flask, and give them a secret marking of some sort. Something that gets the initial skeptics more engaged / excited for the night ahead.
B) Taken to the canteen and recruited for the secret police on Mars. Given drinks tokens / cocktail to drink.
4. Main Room
The main room has a large screen at the front showing space, with a small square in the corner showing ‘the cockpit’, with the 2 crew working away. Music playing is The Strokes / The Libertines etc – the indie music scene pre-Nu Rave. In the centre of the room is a large object that will represent the ‘Grimes’ the spaceship’s personality, and will also be the focal point of the dancefloor. This needs to look impressive and have the effect of a disco ball or other dance floor lighting effect, whilst being ‘in character’ for a spaceship. It should have a top part that is a lighting feature, and a bottom part which can later be ‘destroyed’ by the anarchists.
4b. Smoking Area
People who want to go outside to smoke are given something to block noise / obscure vision (helmet . headphones?). Possibly google cardboard with this app –
This means people will see whatever effect is added, which would be a great experience. I am further exploring the use of ‘Artivive’, which converts innocuous real live logos into videos via google cardboard – as a way of getting subliminal messages over to the audience.
5. First Video Address
(Screen becomes full screen of cockpit, music stops playing)
Captain: Welcome aboard BFR206 to Mars, we hope you had a pleasant journey so far, and you got to say goodbye for the last time to everyone you ever met or knew. I’m your captain today, if by captain you mean the guy sat in a room watching the computer fly the ship.
Co-pilot: Good evening, I’m co-pilot Ella Loveday. Firstly I must apologise for the music, the ship computer, Grimes, appears to have a slight glitch, nothing to worry about, we assume there will be an update from ground control soon.
Captain: Yes, they infallible ship computer is playing the music from another ship, so maybe it’s not so perfect. I’d like to override and change it, and then I could actually fly us to at least the moon, but then i’d be the first unemployed person on Mars.
Co-Pilot: Anyway, enjoy the journey, we’ll get it fixed.
- Actors are now rebels trying to recruit you, or ‘security’ trying to arrest rebels. This happens upstairs, in toilets, in smoking area.
- Adventures are created for small groups. Taken to little restaurant room to recruit. Scenes / fights between security & rebels.
7. Second Video Address
Captain: Ladies and gentlemen, like you, we are hearing rumours of ships being lost, but ground control is currently telling us nothing. We are in contact with some other ships, we are hearing about bugs onboard mothership. I can confirm that at least one other ship has shut down mothership and switched to manual. There is nothing in reports that this is anarchists hoping to go to moonbase, I can assure you that it is all just rumours. Our own position is to just trust the system, trust ground control, all will be okay.
Co-pilot: We could go to manual to be safe, reset the system, at the very least the music would reset
Captain: Screw the music, we have procedures to follow
8. Raised tension
- Music cuts out, alarm / siren goes off, ship voice says ‘emergency, emergency’ repeatedly for 30 seconds.
- Rebel tries to smash computer in main room. Chased off. Gets on megaphone and says computer is going to run our lives in Mars, we must go to the Moon and be free.
9. Final Video Address
- Pilot tries to reboot. Computer says no. Tries to override and is electric shocked by computer.
*****FIGHT SCENE WHILST PILOTS LOOKS ON***COMPUTER IS SMASHED*****
Co-pilot – We are going to reset everything and i’m going to fly it. If this works you’ll know about it. If it doesn’t work, well, I guess you’ll know about that too. Better turn on those emergency lights.
10. FINALE – 11.30PM
- Silence. Pitch Black.1 full minute. Screen is just space.
10. The Dance
On comes Klaxons – Atlantis To Interzone. Whole place erupts (hopefully).
90 minutes of bangers. Throughout this the screen shows space, slowly getting closer to the moon. By 1am we ‘land’ on the moon. At which point all anarchists come out to party, with confetti, glitter etc. Perhaps a slogan about a free world.
- HOW DO I GET AUDIENCE TO HAVE A CHOICE? WHAT SEEMINGLY CONSEQUENTIAL ACTION CAN THEY TAKE? IS IT TO ‘BECOME AN ANARCHIST’?
- HOW DO I GET THE AUDIENCE TO DECIDE THAT THE CORPORATION IS BAD AND THEY ARE WITH THE REBELS? TO HATE THE COMPUTER?
- THE ‘ANARCHISTS’ NEED A WAY TO DISTINGUISH THEMSELVES THAT ALLOWS PUNTERS TO CONVERT AND ALSO BECOME ONE. THIS SHOULD TIE WITH THE NU RAVE AESTHETIC – SMILEY ‘RAVE ‘FACES?