The fall always comes – A response to True Romans All by Emilie Collyer


Casca (James Tresise) photographed by Catherine Drysdale

The fall always comes

A response to True Romans All

by Emilie Collyer

Their problem was in underestimating me.

This has been the case since I was a child. It used to pull at me, like hooks under skin. Not even worth a mention. Not even: ‘Keep an eye on that one.’ Nothing. The glazed flick with the eye, dismissing me. Not built for fighting. Not pretty enough for fucking.

In a city where you rise to the top with boots and knives or sink under the weight of others’ ambitions, I found a way.

Living between the cracks.

Such exciting news!

We’re thrilled and super happy to announce we have a brand new sponsor- the wonderful guys at Pozible, the Australian crowdfunding platform! We’re so excited to be working with this amazingly friendly and community-minded company.

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Thanks so much to all at Pozible!



School Holiday Workshops!!

holiday-games-1This school holidays, Pop Up Playground brings play to Brunswick, with a collection of their games tailored for kids and parents alike! Escape from zombies, chase the colours of the rainbow, make excuses to your Grandma and take little monsters on a big adventures! And try our constructive play area, where kids and parents can make fantastic creatures for the cabinet of Doctor Madaspantz…

Dates: 4th and the 11th of July
Times: 10am-12pm (8 – 11 year olds) and 2pm-4pm (12 – 16 year olds).
Cost: $15 per child (parents attend for free!)
Venue: Mechanics Institute Performing Arts Centre, 270 Sydney Rd Brunswick
Morning Session:
Afternoon Session:

Presented by Pop Up Playground and Metanoia Theatre.




#TrueRomansAll Pop Up Playground and Bell Shakespeare’s Mind’s Eye announce the creative development of #TrueRomansAll

#TrueRomansAll is a reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar in which the audience are ‘players’ with the influence to change the outcome of the story. Initially divided into two teams, they must decide at each juncture how fully they want to commit to the decisions that are being laid before them.

The players start together at a pre-appointed location, piecing together clues and information as they go. Information can be gleaned from other players, roving ‘journalists’, surrounding media or social networks (come armed with phones!). Players will meet in City Square, progressing through the city to finish around Treasury Gardens. Each team will be accompanied by a stage manager, and decisions are managed through a central ‘control centre’.

This is an outdoor theatre experience. Please wear shoes suitable for walking and dress for the weather. Players are asked to bring smartphones and be prepared to engage with the performance on Twitter and YouTube.These performances form the development season of this new work. Following the performance, your feedback would be appreciated.

Interested in knowing more or playing the game? Sign up to the #TrueRomansAll mailing list to receive information, game tips and the pre-game play by clicking here:

#TrueRomansAll on AMPAG

Friends, Romans, it’s time to play

​Bell Shakespeare’s Mind’s Eye and Pop Up Playground are collaborating in the creation of a new immersive theatre performance, #TrueRomansAll, from this month, with three test performances scheduled for mid-October.

Mind’s Eye is Bell Shakespeare’s creative development arm, which seeks out artists and companies in the small to medium sector to collaboratively develop work that takes its inspiration from Shakespeare and the classics.

The project will come with a downloaded game app, inspired by Shakespeare’sJulius Caesar.

#TrueRomansAll will be directed by Robert Reid, a freelance playwright, game designer and academic, as well as being Pop Up Playground’s artistic director.

Pop Up Playground is a company that makes ‘immersive reactive situation’—that is, it plays games and tells stories with goals such as to stimulate engagement, build relationships and solve problems.


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