It’s 2119 and the nation of Mars is finally free. This is a time for new leaders: you. How will you shape your future? Will Mars become a land of peace and freedom, or a devastated warzone?
Republic is a new interactive theatre game from critically-acclaimed political theatre company Upstart Theatre.Book Now
Upstart Theatre use live performance to kick-start conversations about the world we live in. Founded in 2008 by critically-acclaimed director Tom Mansfield, their work is always made collaboratively, and is playful, political, interactive and fourth-wall breaking, often using technology such as live-streaming. Upstart always work in close collaboration with a wide and varied network of international artists and participants, with community co-creation fast becoming a staple method in the company’s repertoire.
Upstart Theatre began as a new writing company, producing and developing script-based work. Since 2016, Upstart have focussed on interactive, devised and multi-discipline work, and have built a reputation as specialists in this field.
The company produce the annual DARE Festival at Shoreditch Town Hall - a festival of experimental performance where 12 artists are commissioned to make new work on a set theme each year.
Upstart's notable productions include interactive game theatre show The Situation Room (4 stars WhatsOnStage), cold-war era thriller Silent Planet (4 stars The Guardian), the multi-award-nominated The Last Ones (4 stars The Independent), and the pan-European interconnected performance project Phone Home (funded by Creative Europe).
They are currently developing their latest Creative Europe funded collaboration The Chorus Project which will premiere at Birmingham REP in January 2020. This is a coproduction with theatres in Germany, Austria and The Northern Republic of Macedonia.
Upstart Theatre have been an Associate Company at Shoreditch Town Hall since 2015.
Upstart work regularly with a pool of Associate Artists including James Blakey, Duncan Grimley, Jennifer Jackson, Simon Carroll-Jones, Rebecca Kenyon, Zodwa Nyoni, Rochi Rampal and Hannah Sibai.Book Now
Praise for Upstart Theatre’s previous work:
“a very satisfying swan-song"
“immersive theatre at its very best... stirring, involving and highly original”
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