The Tomorrowland Game

Performance 27 April, 1987
Venue Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens, Education Service

THE TOMORROWLAND GAME was a workshop performance project created by Andrew Hansen with the Education Department of the Royal Melbourne Zoo.

The project concept aimed to stimulate discussion about environmental conservation with groups of school children who participated in promenade performances and puppetry-making workshops over 3 visits to the Zoo.

Frank Ryan from Zoo Education, played an an air steward and led visiting student groups in a journey through the park grounds where in various locations they met Hansen, each time a new character.

Boarding and imaginary plane, students followed a dark maze to meet the Gambler with whom they played the ancient game of change - the I Ching, to 'win' a diorama scene of earth's environment - the sea, the forest, the grasslands, the deserts and Antarctica.

Each group's winning selection became the topic for their dramatised puppet sketches developed in workshops on a second visit to the Zoo and performed by the group to dissuade the gambling and ruthless businessman from destruction of the future on their final visit.

The project was complex, a challenging and exciting residency for artists, students and the Zoo Education team. There is little record and no photographs of the work available other than the following amateur video of segments from the Antarctica group:

Tomorrowland Game Video Compilation
Segments from archival Handspan camera footage 1987
Compiled by Andrew Bleby 2016