Auditorium

The auditorium within this ethereal little theatre serves many purposes.  For much of the time, the auditorium is primarily used as a learning space.

Most people enter an auditorium expecting to hear something and possibly even to see something.  What that something may be is a matter of personal preference.

The first impression of the entrance to the main entrance tunnel between the affordable foyer and the auditorium of this ethereal theatre often appears to be desert-like and deserted.  It is entered through a dark curtain.  The ground appears to be mainly rock and sand and saltbush.  Please watch your step, especially as the experience is likely to resemble the sun going down.

Soon it is completely dark except for the stars above.  There are seemingly huge blacklight alcoves  contain bug zappers for insects and software.  Those alcoves also contain robotic, florescent, drone vacuum cleaners both on the ground and in the air.  Their job is to suck all sorts of detritus out of the space.

The auditorium of this theatre is highly hygienic.  The ethereal proprietor would never wish to contribute to an epidemic or any other sort of unpleasantness.  This why there is a significant wind tunnel effect from the auditorium end of the tunnel, back towards the affordable foyer.

Further along the main entrance tunnels, towards the auditorium, are the opaquely opalesque alcoves in which iridescent black light theatrical performances occur with the assistance of dramatic holograms and light, enlightening Mozartian magic.  Whenever the auditorium is expected to be at full capacity, the opacity and iridescence of the opalesque alcoves alternates at fifteen second intervals with opalescence.

After the effects within the first set of alcoves, please note that nothing in the second set is live.  There are four alcoves initially, two on either side of the tunnel.  They form the first set.  The opalesque alcoves are a set of eight, set out in similar fashion.  But are they real or an optical illusion?  Are they part of a digital trompe-l'œil or merely a figment of your imagination?

How often do optical phenomena play tricks on you?  How well do you understand optics and theatrics?  How accurately do you perceive light and through which sources?  And how accurately do you perceive enlightenment?

What are you currently perceiving visually?  Do you use visual aids at all?  Do you have a visual impairment?  Are you aware of the prevalence of forced perspective, both visually and politically?

Further along the main entrance tunnel to the auditorium, many audience members, whether they are Adelaideans or not, are unsure whether they are witnessing actions within an alcove, a cove, a cave or an allegory.  Their working memories become overloaded.  They feel disorientated, confused, overly emotional, bewildered and exhausted.  They shuffle forward as the crowd behind, assisted by the ushers, pushes on.

The tunnel winds confusingly and becomes narrower and darker.  The wind tunnel effect picks up.  Many audience members begin to feel as if they are experiencing tunnel vision.  The passageway then widens and becomes quite straight.  There is a small, bright green light ahead.  Does it mean 'go'?  Is it an exit sign?

Everyone presses forward, as is usual with the audience effect.  There is no going back.  Could the light mean escape?

The green light is revealed to be a white light shining through a green curtain.  The curtain opens into the monochrome space of what appears to be a black box theatre.  The audience members arrive directly onto a stage.  There is already a full house. There is standing room only although there may also be a little room for understanding.

In fact, it is the room for understanding.  It is here that the audience learns more about the foyer and about fear and fire and fascination and familiarity.  There is much to learn about illusory magic and enlightened magic in the room for understanding.  Enlightenment is not an illusion.  In fact, it is quite the opposite.

The darkness of the floor in the room for understanding is replaced by shining, glittering lights.  The lights appear to be star-like, like starlight, millions and billions of light years away, below the audience.  The floor is revealed to be a tension grip.

A tension fills the audience.  The curtains fall away.  The air warms uncomfortably.  A smell of eucalyptus fills the room.  But it is no longer a room.  The surroundings are upside down.  It is a mallee landscape but the audience members appear to have their feet in the air.  They are falling headfirst towards the ground.  And the ground is on fire.

What are the escape keys of most use to you in real life?

Do you read escapist fiction?  If so, do you prefer to enter an impossible world or a possible one?

Whatever you prefer to read, would you prefer to enter a worse world or a better one in real life?

Suddenly everything is dark and silent, except for a few mumbles and whispers amongst the audience.  But is it really the audience?  How can anyone be sure of anything or anyone in a theatre?

Which is the way to the auditorium?  Where is the green exit light?

The sound of a drum roll on a timpani can be heard in the distance.  A roller door appears rise slowly in the dim, bluish light on the horizon, as if it is the morning sun.  There is the sound of Australian magpies.  Yet all around seems like a still and peaceful desert, just before dawn.

Are there any scientists in the audience?  Is there, indeed, an audience?

Moving closer towards the bluish light, the horizon appears brighter and brighter until the scene opens on a screen.  It is a folding screen.  Is the auditorium on the other side?

Do you know when the next main performance is meant to start?