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Unique hybrid theatre production brings the end of the world to Burnaby

Shadbolt Centre presents Upintheair Theatre's Revelations, running to Sept. 26
Relevations4 photo by Quang Bui
Revelations, a hybrid production that combines elements of board games, escape rooms and theatre, is presented by Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. It's on until Sept. 26.

Start at home in your living room; finish at a dance party at the end of the world.

A new production that’s billed as “part interactive game, part live performance” is now underway, presented by Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

Revelations is an Upintheair Theatre production, in association with Rumble Theatre, that’s running until Sept. 26.

Created by Toronto-based artists Anahita Dehbonehie, Griffin McInnes and Aidan Morishita-Miki, Revelations is an experimental hybrid production that draws inspiration from board games, escape rooms, game shows, puzzles, role-playing and theatre.

In a summer that has seen unprecedented heat waves and wildfires in B.C., against the backdrop of a lingering pandemic, it aims to question the origins of ideas around catastrophe. The presentation explores how prepared we are to deal with the fallout from a disaster scenario and confronts themes around climate change and inequality.

Audience members can experience it solo or work as a household with a group of up to six people. The fun begins with a survival kit and walkie-talkie delivered to the viewer’s home (addresses must be in Burnaby, New Westminster or East Vancouver). The gameplay starts there, and participants follow instructions given.

An interactive element then takes place at an outdoor location on the grounds of Deer Lake Park and concludes with a dance party.

The show is family-friendly and suitable for children aged 10 and up, with accompanying adult. It runs rain or shine.


There are still three more shows to check out.

The first is a two-day event Sept. 23 and 24. Your kit will be dropped off between 2 and 7 p.m. on Sept. 23, with Part 1 starting that night at 7:30 p.m. in your home, and Part 2 Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Shadbolt.

It winds up with two shows on the weekend (both one-day events): one on Saturday, Sept. 25 and one on Sunday, Sept. 26. Both weekend shows include drop-off between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., with Part 1 starting at 5 p.m. at your home and Part 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Shadbolt Centre.

Tickets are $25 per household, to a maximum of six people per household. Book through the Shadbolt Centre box office at 604-205-3000 (Tuesdays through Fridays noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays noon to 4 p.m.).

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