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Play with the Valkyries

 This is a Door – All Day Play Room

Pop Up Playground
29 November to 1 December
Theatre Works

Valk horsePop Up Playground are bloody wonderful.

Robert Reid, Sayraphim Lothian, Ben McKenzie and their gorgeous game makers realised that we weren’t having as much fun as we should be and have been popping up all over the city with games for everyone.

A Pop Up Playground event is guaranteed to have you feeling happier than when you arrived.

And you get to play!Read More

New addition! TWITTER DUNGEONCRAWL for #tiad13



28th Nov

Are you on twitter? Next Thursday the 28th of Nov at 9pm Grant Howitt from Serious Business will be running a TWITTER DUNGEONCRAWL as part of This is a Door. Play with (or against) people around the world as you battle monsters and attempt to steal treasure. Make ready your battle axe! Follow @gshowitt to play.

Photos from I See Magical Creatures for #tiad13

Yesterday, in gorgeous weather in a park in St Kilda, Katie and Lea from I See Magical Creatures pitched their pyramid, spread out their beautiful ground cover and invited passersby to create magical creatures to install around St Kilda.

Check out the photos of the day!

Guerilla Poets Opening Doors – 2 new videos #tiad13

The Guerrilla Poets, Preprint and Haikubomber, made a little film of their guerrilla poetry drops yesterday:

Guerrilla Poets Opening Doors drop from popupplayers on Vimeo.

Haikubomber also made another film, “Open Hands” which you can see below:

Open Hands from popupplayers on Vimeo.

Several of the finders reported back via Instagram, including this response from the Melbourne street artist Legojacker

Thanks to both the Guerrilla Poets for such a beautiful project!

Lego Poetry for #tiad13


29th, 30th Nov and 1st Dec

Lego. Poetry. Together.
Lego Poetry was developed by Daniel Donahoo at Project Synthesis to respond playfully to primary students literacy needs. It is about building small, playful literary moments like we have always done in private diaries, on toilet doors and to unsuspecting audiences. Take a photo, post of Facebook|Twitter|Instagram with the tag #legopoetry and follow @LEGOPoetry.

Location: Theatre Works foyer, 14 Acland Street St Kilda
Time: 1pm, 4pm, 6:30pm
Tickets: Free to create

The Playroom at This is a Door #tiad13


29th, 30th Nov and 1st Dec

Pop Up Playground
Pop Up Playground presents a whole weekend of new games and playful experiences at the This is a Door All Day Play Room at Theatre Works.

New games by Local and International designers. Strategic games, physical games, social games and constructive play.

Something fun for everyone.

A great way to start summer.

Games include:
Pop Up Spy Academy (Universe Creation 101)
Belgian Roulette
Ludonarrative Disco Dance (Serious Business)
Invisible Labyrinth
Rainbow Running
Old Remasters
Postcards from Never
Impossible Bookclub
Love from Grandma
Chase the Light
Pudding Lane
Feed Your Family
Zombie Tag
…and many many more

Location: Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street St Kilda
Time (Fri):
4pm (preview) 7:30pm
Time (Sat & Sun):
1pm, 4pm, 7:30pm
Tickets: $25/20

Tickets can be pre-purchased on the Theatre Works website or at the door.

Mech Combat


29th, 30th Nov and 1st Dec

Have you ever wanted to pilot a mighty Robotic War Machine? Hunting down your foes in your very own teched out Mech warrior? Well you cant. But for three days at the end of November you can come very close. These Mechs cannot be piloted alone however, you will need a copilot and together you will take the fight to the streets of St Kilda completing objectives and destroying other Mechs as you go.

Location: Theatre Works and surrounds, 14 Acland Street St Kilda
Time (Fri): 7:30pm
Time (Sat & Sun):
1pm, 4pm, 7:30pm
Tickets: $30
Tickets can be pre-purchased on the Theatre Works website or at the door.

This is a Door on Concrete Playground

This Is a Door Festival 2013


When: Thursday, 31 October – Sunday, 1 December
Where: Various locations across Melbourne
How much: Various

Melbournians can embrace their inner child during This Is a Door, a month-long festival of games and participatory performance launching on Halloween. Melbourne’s new games designers, in league with a handful of inventive companies, have crafted up four weeks of play to suit all tastes.

Maybe you’ll try The Curse, a 30-minute puzzle/chase game designed by Pop Up Playground (PUP) (warning: if you have a phobia of clowns, skip it). The PUP team are also hosting a weekend of games including Belgian Roulette, Rainbow Running, Invisible Labyrinth and Impossible Bookclub — disclaimer: we have no idea what any of those games are but they sound great.Read More

Daily Melbourne interviews Robert Reid

Pop Up Playground: This Is A Door

Pop Up Playground - This Is A Door

Words by Myron My.

Pop Up Playground had its first public gig in September 2011. Since then, the company has continued to grow with the new and creative games they have been making and bringing out the inner child in people and they are back this month with their event This Is A Door.

This Is A Door is where we play a variety of 2 minute to 20 minute games for two hours. It is a festival of new games that we have created,” Artistic Director Robert Reid tells me. “The whole festival this year has been about trying to get other companies exposure so people know that this sort of stuff is happening.”Read More

Guerrilla Poets Opening Doors for #tiad13

Preprint and Haikubomber join forces in a guerrilla act of kindness delivering take home street poetry left in city openings and public spaces. This guerrilla poetry event will take place around the Melbourne city to St Kilda area on the 17th of November, as part of This is a Door festival 2013.

This is a video of the poets preparing for the event.

Video by Preprint and Haikubomber

Guerrilla Poets Opening Doors from popupplayers on Vimeo.