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Zombie Syndrome: An interactive show in Vancouver

By DH Vancouver Staff, DH Vancouver Staff, DH Vancouver Staff Sep 23, 2013 7:25 am

The Zombie Syndrome: On Death Island, a brand new show written and directed by award-winning theatre artist Andy Thompson, recruits audience members as Special Agents on an interactive, smartphone-enabled, thrill seeking adventure at a secret location in Vancouver.

The show runs from October 1 to November 3. Heed the call from this recent public service announcement from Sgt. Benjamin Allan of the Department of National Defence requesting the public’s assistance in locating Sullivan.

Sullivan’s public service announcement last year explained how a deadly virus ”reanimates” the dead. Group after group of sold out audiences worked together to save the world and elude zombies, only for the crooked to escape with the only cure to the deadly virus. The show went on to be nominated for two Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards: the ‘Critics’ Choice Innovation Award’ and Significant Artistic Achievement for ‘Outstanding Logistical and Technical Innovation’. 

The exact starting point of this year’s all new show remains undisclosed until the day before their appointed meeting, when the audience receives a phone call with instructions on where to meet (somewhere in central Vancouver). Once they are assembled at the top-secret rendezvous point with other members from the team of Special Agents (You!), the group is taken on a very public and unique theatre adventure. Attendees are encouraged to wear walking shoes, dress for the weather and be prepared to move. As the stars of the show, the audience travels from site to site, gathers clues from sudden allies, and faces challenges they must overcome in order to proceed to the next scene. You’ll never know what’s coming next on this exhilarating tour where zombies could be looming around any corner!

This highly interactive theatrical scavenger-hunt features technical elements requiring each audience group to use their smartphones to navigate through the show and find clues leading to the secret hiding place of Sgt. Sullivan. Only one smartphone per audience group is required. For any questions about the production and what to expect visit The Virtual Stage’s FAQ page. 

For more information, updates and declassified information regarding your mission, like The Zombie Syndrome on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheZombieSyndrome.

Zombie Syndrome: On Death Island

Tickets: Start from $25 (plus service charges) and can be purchased online only here.

Dates and Times: Tuesdays through Sundays with shows at 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00 and 8:30 p.m. Opening Night is October 3.  All tickets can be purchased online at www.thevirtualstage.org/tickets/.

Image:  Bettina Strauss via Facebook


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