By Roshelle Fong
21 May 2020
Multidisciplinary artist and interactive performance extraordinaire Roshelle Fong had audiences on the edge of their seats with her Griffin Lock-In performance of Thirsty!, a witty, contemporary internet-noir performance piece for the quarantine era.
Like all Griffin Lock-In performances, the show disappeared into the online ether, but luckily for Grif-fans everywhere, Roshelle and collaborator Daniel Last are bringing Thirsty! back, with exciting new interactive potential, updated clues and oodles of intrigue, as part of a one-off presentation with our friends at Google’s Creative Lab.
Tune in at 7pm, Thursday 21 May, on Griffin’s YouTube Channel to catch this totally live theatre experience. To experience the full interactivity of the work, Griffin recommends downloading Google’s specially-made Chrome extension, #poll, prior to the livestream, so you can vote and affect the drama with the simple use of a hashtag! We also recommend using Google Chrome as your browser.
Get ready to comment, vote, interact, and watch the drama unfold before your very eyes!
Tune In to Thirsty! by Roshelle Fong
Streaming 7pm, Thursday 21 May
For interactive voting capabilities
Thirsty! contains references to violence, strong language, and adult themes and is recommended for ages 15+.
Thirsty! is one of three performances created to explore new ways of bringing live performance to online audiences, with help from friends at Google. You can catch other performances live on YouTube by Sandpit (7pm AEST 22 May) and The Last Great Hunt (7pm AEST 23 May).
Streaming Thursday 21 May, 7pm
Created by Roshelle Fong
Devised and performed with Daniel Last
Technical Director David Bergman
Broadcast Director Khym Scott
Roshelle Fong is a Chinese-Australian multidisciplinary artist and alumni of Melbourne Theatre Company’s Women in Theatre Program 2019 and Malthouse Theatre’s Besen Family Artist’s Program 2018. Her immersive food delivery show nomnomnom won Melbourne Fringe Festival 2018’s Innovation in Culturally Diverse Practice Award, and she has since adapted the show in Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland, at Testing Grounds (supported by City of Melbourne and Australia Council for the Arts), in Sydney (for Kings Cross Hotel’s Vivid program) and in Zhujiajiao, Shanghai (supported by the Ian Potter Cultural Trust). She was a writer for Bridget Balodis and Krystalla Pearce’s She is Vigilante at Theatre Works and is currently a writer-in-residence at Theatre Works. She is a Next Wave Festival 2020 artist and currently undertaking the 12 month SUPERMASSIVE mentorship program with performing arts collective APHIDS, based in their studio at Collingwood Arts Precinct.
Daniel Last is an actor, writer, improviser and dungeon master for Dice Paper Role, a Melbourne-based comedy podcast utilising the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. Dice Paper Role has had sell out seasons at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) in 2018 and 2019 as well as at the Adelaide Fringe 2019. Daniel has collaborated with Roshelle on the award-winning immersive theatre show ‘nomnomnom’ since 2019, performing in Melbourne, Sydney and Shanghai. Daniel graduated from VCA in 2013 and has since been performing on stages over the years, recently making the transition to film and TV, working in the art department of a new Netflix series prior to its going on hiatus due to the pandemic.