Upcoming artists-in-residence: Jane Grimley and The Deconverters

Jane Grimley and her collaborators - The Deconverters, are a group of diverse theatre makers and experimental artists working in live art and performance.

The Deconverters, Emergency Crash Landing: work-in-progress, 2012,
The Rocks Sydney, 
performance and multiple choice card - detail view

The Deconverters Gunyah residency project is the fourth stage in the creative development of Emergency Crash Landing… "The year is 3061 and Earth is on the cusp of environmental collapse. The audience enter with the knowledge that they have been handpicked for the last mission from Earth to the new planet - Partha." 
This interactive performance is about fleeing your home for a safer life. An adventure into ideas of what we value about our life on this planet and what might happen if we are forced to leave it behind forever. It’s a 'choose your own adventure' theatre experience, that combines performance, video and gaming to facilitate playful discussion about technology, environment and the future. 

The Deconverters, Emergency Crash Landing: work-in-progress, 2012, The Rocks Sydney,
audience members with Jane Grimley and Carolyn Eccles, photos by Jeremy Belinfante

Emergency Crash Landing is an ongoing project, which began at Word Travels’ Writers Residency 2012 in The Rocks Sydney, where a short pilot version was made - blending installation, performance and multiple choice game. Then in May 2013 The Deconverters undertook a ten day creative development in the Leard State Forest in north western NSW, to live in an anti-coal mining blockade camp. They worked with families, activists and farmers, inviting a range of contributions to the process of investigating the issues facing a community on the brink of change. This was followed with a Metro Arts creative development residency in Brisbane, QLD in July 2013. These three weeks focused on developing the story trajectories, defining the narrative structures and identifying the themes and key conflicts/questions within each line. Concluding in a public performance, Emergency Crash Landing became a rich world to immerse the audience in, with detailed character history incorporated into the narratives. Link 

The Deconverters, Emergency Crash Landing: Leard State Forest, 2013,
audience members and performers Daniel Jones and Carolyn Eccles

2014 brings the next stage of Emergency Crash Landing to Gunyah artists-in-residence program:

At Gunyah we plan to create a new version of the work suitable for performance communities, schools, and team building applications. We will focus on fine tuning the story lines, interactive components, and sound score of the work. Working with site based investigation, we plan to infuse the musical and video score with a strong sense of natural Australian landscapes. This residency would provide a rare and valuable opportunity for us to work together with great focus in a beautiful place.

Jane Grimley

Jane Grimley is the Creative Producer of The Deconverters, and has trained in Australia and Europe specialising in collaborative and experimental theatre practice. She was the Co-Artistic Director of Crack Theatre Festival, Newcastle, 2011-2012. In 2012 she also created The Passenger, a performance for three audience members at a time, staged in the back of a moving car. She directed and produced The Hideous Demise of Detective Slate, a live action radio play, which she developed into a five part radio series and live webcast. This production won the award for Excellence in New Theatre in the Sydney Fringe Festival in 2010. She has a Bachelor of Performance UWS (2004) and has also trained under the imPACT Scholarship for emerging contemporary performance makers (2007).

Emergency Crash Landing is proudly supported by Word Travels, Frontline Action on Coal, 
PACT, MetroArts and Gunyah AIR.