When audience-goers watch Coil at RPAC at 7.30pm on August 19, they will be seeing a show never to be repeated.
Every show of Coil is unique and offers the audience a different and innovative experience.
The show blurs the boundaries of theatre and cinema and uses state-of-the-art video DJing technology to create an entire cast out of a solo performer on stage.
During the show, a film is recorded in front of the audience and then screened at the end of the performance.
Steve Wilson-Alexander plays every character in the film which is shot during the show by Solomon Thomas on camera and stage technician Rose Maher.
The show is set in a ‘90s video rental store and pays tribute to the times and the communities that shared video stories at the shop.
“It starts with theatre and then we press play,” Steve said.
“The shots from the show are re-ordered to make a movie.
“It’s fun and a bit silly. It’s tricky and it’s fast paced and it is all shot in real time.”
Steve said the concept grew between friends in a performance group interested in working with film as part of a theatrical experience.
The friends met at the University of Wollongong and formed the Regroup Performance group.
“We delete at the end of the show every time. That is important to us and this is what makes this piece of theatre special,” he said.
Steve said he was “pumped” to perform at RPAC and promised some family members would be in the audience.
“Really, the show is about nostalgia. Most people will feel connected to the story and have warm memories of the local video shop on a Friday night,” he said.
“This became a cultural hub, especially in regional towns. It was a place where people could connect and look at the outside world through shared movies.”
Steve said the set included about 1200 DVDs and the audience would be invited to browse on stage at the end of the show.
Tickets are from $39.
Book on 3829 8131 or rpac.com.au.