Finn’s new Tamagotchi is acting a bit weird. The tentacled hatchling needs constant care and attention, and it just keeps whispering “That is not dead which can eternal lie” over and over again. Scott’s having fever dreams about rising sea levels, and cult members keep turning up at the front door. Is it time? Is THIS climate change? Or was Nostradamus wrong again?
The real signposts of inevitable doom are already here. In a joyful tornado of storytelling and comedy, Finn O'Branagain and Scott Sandwich connect the dots between ancient myth, up-to-the-minute science, and the dankest memes. Together they have written a comprehensive pre-apocalyptic guide to the end of the world, exploring past apocalypses in history and literature, science scares and premonitions, environmental disasters and hope for the future - everything from dinosaurs, to Cthulu, to the Voyager missions - to figure out what it all means, and where to go from here.
From the minds behind 'The Epic' comes a factual spectacular about the end of humanity, and our relationship with the world around us. Tamagotchi Reset & Other Doomsdays is an educational comedy with the energetic momentum of slam poetry.
Come on in, the water is warm. And it’s getting warmer.
- Venue Format
- Theatre, Black Box Venue
- Technical Rating
- Touring Party
- Two actors, one crew
Minor explicit language warning. Critical Technical Requirements: Sound system & Projector - running off QLab. Basic lighting rig. Smoke machine priority optional. Strobe lighting effect optional.
Ten Tonne Sparrow is a performance company created by independent multi-disciplinary artists Tom Hogan (aka Scott Sandwich), Joe Lui, and Finn O’Branagáin. We work across Australia (Finn & Joe in Perth, Tom in Sydney) creating work that uses storytelling, pop-sociology, pop-science, history, and the sheer force of charm and exuberance to talk about the stories we tell about ourselves.
Scott Sandwich is an award winning performance poet with work featured nationally, as well as across Finland, Norway, Sweden, Lithuania, and Benin. Scott Sandwich is a stage name for prolific composer and theatremaker Tom Hogan, who has worked on over 70 productions nationally.
Finn O’Branagáin is a playwright, storyteller, director and dramaturg, presenting work at The World Theatre Festival, National Science Week, ATYP, Metro Arts, JUTE theatre, Mudlark Theatre, Corrugated Iron, the National Young Writers’ Festival, 2High, the Sydney Opera House, the State Library of QLD, Bondi Feast and The Blue Room Theatre.
Joe Lui is a deviser, designer, and director, and the creative leader of Renegade Productions, with credits spanning Black Swan State Theatre Company, PICA, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, Perth Theatre Company, pvi collective, The Blue Room and more.
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Unique Selling Point
Tamagotchi Reset & Other Doomsdays engages in pop-sociology, pop-science, literature and history, using the sheer force of charm and exuberance to talk about the stories we tell about ourselves. The show was co-written by award winning performances poet and comedian Scott Sandwich, and renowned playwright Finn O'Branagáin, giving the show an contemporary energy that feels fresh and special, connecting face-to-face with its audiences. This is theatre that uses direct address, very aware of its surroundings, using comedy and education in a way that isn't forced or laboured. It engages in extremely modern concerns, tapping into the best that humanity can offer.
The play was developed with support from JUTE Theatre in Cairns to help engage Queensland audiences with environmental ideas and contemporary science in a digestible format. We have full documentation and images from the original Perth season of the show, including an adaptable hero image, as well as a string of positive reviews and media quotes. An education pack can be provided to venues to explore the individual stories raised in the show, including further story summaries, questions from the writers and their own responses to each work, recommended reading material, copies of the script, and the complete soundtrack.
The goal of our particular style of educational comedy is to raise questions, and engage in meaningful discussions around these topics. These works are for now. Tamagotchi Resent & Other Doomsdays zooms in on environmental issues and modern scientific concerns, tapping into Millennial anxieties and nostalgia. It's specifically tailored to appeal to new theatre audiences, alongside more traditional theatre-goers, to make accessible work that is simultaneously intellectual. These shows encourage people to tell their own stories, and engage in their own community, using our performances as springboards. We consider Tamagotchi Reset & Other Doomsdays a sister work to follow up our previous poetry storytelling work The Epic, which is touring Queensland in March 2018. The Epic explored cultural identity and appropriation, while this explores environmental concerns - modern discussion points, all presented through literature, theatre, and comedy.
If there is enough interest from communities, Scott Sandwich can present talks, features or special solo performances alongside the play, for young adults, and slam poetry fans, either as standalone events or alongside other arts events. We want to help pull poetry and storytellers beyond their comfort zone, and onto the theatre stage, and show them how easily adaptable (and important) their work can be.