Nestled in the growing Dulwich Hill, Jetpack Theatre has built an art museum. Within this art museum, heavily guarded by a vigilant security team, is a priceless painting; a huge, beautiful portrait of a dragon on display without the original artist’s family’s permission.
You must steal it and return it to them.
Art Heist is the latest immersive theatre installation designed by the team at Jetpack Theatre Productions. Teams of up to four people have an hour time to survey the gallery, hide during closing time, plan their action, and then finally break back in to steal the picture and escape to your getaway driver.
Immersive theatre is high risk, high gain. Jetpack Theatre has been doing it for some time now, and has nailed down the formula for keeping the Sydney audience – used to more mundane ‘safe’ theatrical experiences – entertained and engaged. Art Heist is adventurous and requires active engagement and real-time interaction between the actors and the audience.
One of the strengths of the Art Heist installation is the scope of how many different ways the audience can achieve their goals. With each audience member being a uniquely thinking individual, there are as many ways to approach the problem, as there are people prepared to take part. That is, if you achieve the goal at all. Avoiding security guards isn’t all that easy, and whether we had expected it or not, both myself and my team of burglars found ourselves intoxicatingly wrapped up in the excitement and adrenaline of sneaking around the gallery.
This is a brilliant piece of theatre. In a city that is, unfortunately, finding itself being slowly starved of exceptional, experimental and widely engaging culture, works like Art Heist are essential. I’d also like to give a shout out to the Inner West Council for their work in assistance in funding the endeavor – this council has rightfully earned its place as the premiere area for the arts and culture in the Inner suburbs of Sydney.
Art Heist runs at 404 New Canterbury Road, Dulwich Hill until the 30th of July. Tickets and further information can be found at artheist.com.au
Creative Team: Jim Fishwick (Director), Talia Meyerowitz-Katz (Producer), Paul Sztajer (Game Design), Aleisa Jelbart (Set Design), Robert Boddington (Set Build), Bryce Halliday (Sound Design), Chris Howell (Tech Wizard)