Theatre

Our Own Little Mess - MATCHBOX 2024

Our Own Little Mess is a genre-bending live performance and immersive audio adventure. Follow the sprawling and seemingly unconnected lives of five characters as they navigate life’s big mysteries, from Wellington and Auckland to New York and Beijing, from the mundane to the unknowable.

$30 - $45 (plus service fees)
90 minutes, no interval
24 Jul - 3 Aug 2024
Wed 24 Jul, 7pm - 8:30pm
Thu 25 Jul, 7pm - 8:30pm
Fri 26 Jul, 7pm - 8:30pm
Sat 27 Jul, 4pm - 5:30pm
Sat 27 Jul, 8pm - 9:30pm
Sun 28 Jul, 4pm - 5:30pm
Tue 30 Jul, 7pm - 8:30pm
Wed 31 Jul, 7pm - 8:30pm
Thu 1 Aug, 7pm - 8:30pm
Fri 2 Aug, 7pm - 8:30pm
Sat 3 Aug, 4pm - 5:30pm
Sat 3 Aug, 8pm - 9:30pm

Our Own Little Mess is a genre-bending live performance and bespoke digital audio experience that takes you from your seat, transports you around the world and through it.

A celebration of the beauty of the mundane as well as the unknowable mysteries of the human inner voice, Mess follows the sprawling and seemingly unconnected lives of five characters. A study in the ways we are simultaneously more atomised and interconnected than ever. 

Inspired by cultural critic Olivia Laing (The Lonely City), novelist Haruki Murakami (The Wind-up Bird Chronicles), and filmmakers, the Daniels (Everything, Everywhere, All at Once), this existential mystery-comedy-thriller collides multiple realities in magical ways.

Please note: To experience the show, please be advised that attendees are required to wear the headphones provided. Headphones are over the ear and compatible with hearing aids. 

Produced by Q Theatre, A Slightly Isolated Dog, SquareSums&Co, and with development support from Auckland Live and Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts.

Content Warnings:
Strobe, haze, simulated gunfire, loud sounds, themes of isolation and death.

Cast:
Jack Buchanan, Laurel Devenie, Isla Mayo, Andrew Paterson, Maaka Pohatu

Creative Team: 
DIRECTOR & LIGHTING DESIGNER | Leo Gene Peters (A Slightly Isolated Dog Ltd)
DIRECTOR | Jane Yonge
PRODUCER | Alyssa Medel and Sums Selvarajan (SquareSums&Co.)
PRODUCTION DESIGNER | Meg Rollandi
SOUND & TECHNICAL DESIGNER / AUDIO MIX ENGINEER / SHOW OPERATOR | Sam Clavis
COMPOSER | Dr. Jeremy Mayall
DRAMATURG | Nathan Joe
COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENTISTS | Dr. David Carmel & Dr. Gina Grimshaw (Victoria University Wellington)
LX PROGRAMMER | Zach Howells
TECHNICAL STAGE MANAGER / AUDIO ASSIST | Joel Orme

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