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Review of “Avatar” - Byron Bay Steiner School


September 20th

Anna and I went to check out this internet themed play and it was a fun night. I don’t think I’ve seen a school play since.. well since I was at school probably. As the lights dimmed the narrator asked the audience to please turn their phones off “including iPhones, yes I mean you in the stripy shirt”, singling me out! Well it takes a nerd to know a nerd and there were plenty of nerdy references throughout the night to make me happy. The play’s premise was that the protagonist, a young girl, is literally sucked into her computer and into “the internet”.

Firefox and Safari were both introduced early, but to my surprise the writers chose to portray safari as a slow, featureless and incompatible browser compared to firefox (portrayed as a quick, spam free, racey girl in a “foxy” red dress). Hopefully they can check out my browser speed results sometime!

In the intermission as the lights came on the audience chuckled at a possum who had climbed down to prime viewing position in front of the projected visuals. It was a fitting contrast to the technical themes in the production.

What surprised me though, especially as macs (and safari) featured throughout the play, was that the students set “Google” as an omniscient voice and evil overlord of the internet. In many regards they portrayed “him” as being the internet itself, and when google was ultimately destroyed the internet unravelled. Further, a central helping and lovable character was an aging windows 95 computer.

It was interesting to see this youthful perspective on the internet and google *being* the internet. I guess it must really seem that way to a younger generation. I was also most appreciative of the other visual gags throughout the play that referenced spam, porn sites, geeks in chat rooms, terms and conditions, html code and other themes close to my heart. It was also just great to get out and see a live, local performance even at a high school level. I must remember to see more theatre.

Good Job Byron Bay Rudolf Steiner School!

Byron Bay Students Anthropomorphize The Internet for School Play!


September 17th

How cool is this? Local Byron students are putting on a play this weekend where they become “characters” such as Firefox and Safari (pictured). I hope I can catch it, if I do I’ll update with a review.

Firefox and Safari - Characters in AVATAR.

Firefox and Safari - Characters in AVATAR.

STUDENTS IN MULTIMEDIA CYBERSPACE EXPLORATION

(Source - The Northern Star)

AVATAR - Where Alice in Wonderland meets Cyberspace- is a multimedia experience featuring drama, dance, dance, photography, film and visual design.

The production has been created by Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner Schools’s Year 11 Drama, Media and Design students in its entirety. Avatar is intended for ages 13 years and up, a great experience for the family.

Avatar is a play that reveals the, so far uncovered, inner workings of the cyberspace through the notion of it being an existent physical manifestation.

The play immerses it’s audience in the world of the internet, telling the story of one who manages to be “sucked in” to this virtual reality.

A bored young girl is unexpectedly pulled into a world that is completely different to anything she has ever dreamt of when surfing the net.

She is confused with identity issues and homesickness when she must learn to exist in this new world of hyperlinks and computerized people on her own. This is a world that she only ever thought of contacting through cartoons and Myspace, a world only for looking at. Never did she guess that people existed and maneuvered  through it.

Throughout this play the audience will find themselves unexpectedly affiliating with the protagonist and even some of the virtual characters as they are taken on a journey of mixed genres and abstract experience.

The result is an exciting original piece that explores areas of modern life only lightly touched on before.

Avatar - Alice in Wonderland meets cyberspace will be presented at 7pm on Friday September 19th, and Saturday, September 20th at the Mullumbimby Drill Hall.

For further information contact Delaney Crawley or Simon Richardson on 66847400 or 0401 235 588.