Best Festival Ever: How To Manage A Disaster is an interactive theatre performance based on Systems Science that takes place around a table.
As human beings, we are surrounded by and embedded within systems, both natural, such as climate and the ecosystem, and human-made, such as the economy or even society as a whole. Many of the significant issues facing us today emerge from the interplay between these two kinds of system. Our decision-making and management systems are frequently based on mechanistic and simplistic representations of the world.
Over the last two decades, scientists in the field of Systems Science have gained a new understanding of these issues, creating a toolkit of vital concepts for understanding and grappling with real-world complexity.
This project brings these ideas from Systems Science to life in a unique theatrical presentation. Part theatre show, part performance lecture and part board game, Best Festival Ever introduces participants to concepts from systems science, using the example of a music festival. Thirty audience members are seated around a table and placed in charge of a new festival. Through a variety of interactive games, the audience works together to program and deliver their own unique music festival. Together, they move from planning to execution, doing their best to keep the festival and its audience from collapsing into chaos.
Responding to the rapidly escalating challenges of the situation requires cooperation, creativity and communication. Designed for conferences, meeting rooms, corporate training and theatres, Best Festival Ever offers a fun, engaging and creative way to introduce audiences to the insights and ideas from Systems science.
Best Festival Ever is part of the Great Ideas Performance Series 2017.
This work has been supported by Coney, University College London, Tipping Point, NEDNet Foundation, Arts House, Arts NSW and the Australia Council for the Arts.