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The Blind Date Project

Produced by Silo Theatre
4-29 November 2014 at The Basement
Michael was the "blind date" on 29 November 2014

Created by Bojana Novakovic and Mark Winter
Devised with Tanya Goldberg and Thomas Henning
Directed by Tanya Goldberg

The apprehension of going on a blind date is suddenly compounded when a group of people [that's you, the audience] gather to witness an improvised meeting between two complete strangers in a tacky karaoke bar.

The premise is simple - or so it seems.  A woman sits alone waiting for her date to arrive, and that date is a different performer every night.  The catch?  The actress, "our girl," has no idea who she is about to meet.

These daringly devised encounters are devoid of scripts or rehearsals.  No two shows are ever the same.  Direction is interactive, sent to the actors live via mobile phone.  Interspersed with random karaoke hits, each performance promises to be as unpredictable as it is dangerous.  This brave experiment may turn out to be super awkward, tender or totally hilarious.

Silo Theatre teams up with Sydney's Ride On Theatre to explore the most humiliating impluses in us all:  seeking approval, looking for love, saying too much and struggling to impress.  It's gold.

Michael as "Brian" (in the silk Ben Hur shirt he wore
specially to impress his date!) and Natalie as Anna.

Anna Natalie Medlock
Karaoke Queen Bryony Skillington
Direction Tonya Goldberg
Set Design Celery Productions
Lighting Design Rachel Marlow
Costume Design Charlotte Rust

Lumiere Reader:  "The Blind Date Project ... is a brilliant piece of theatre. ... Uniquely hilarious, gutbustingly human, and stunningly brave".

Theatre Scenes:  "The best part of The Blind Date Project is not only does every show bring something new of its own, it provides greater context and comparison to any previous viewings, a fact that makes me want to see it again, and again, and again ... "

Metro: "The actors' mobile phones bleep and ring throughout the play with directions from Goldberg.  It's a cunning method and fits perfectly with the blind date concept".