FEET perform participatory theatre with themes focusing on environmental and social issues. Participation forms the centre of the work with audiences often becoming as much a part of the show as the performers. The process of participation activates people to engage in the situations and dilemmas we face together as a society.
We formed as a group on 2005 and have since performed in many festivals across Australia. In 2006 we toured Europe performing in England, Austria, Hungary, Romania and France. We now han an international network of performers spread across Australia and Europe.
While much of our work involves festival streets we also have a strong background in large-scale outdoor ritual theatre, having worked in the Woodford Folk Festival Fire Event in Australia and the Beltane Fire Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. These events engage in powerful process that inspire community building and fulfilling celebration.
Much of our work is site specific structured improvisation. We have an array of characters and structures which adapt to the environment in which we work. Adapting and devising with our environment and our audience is an important part of the process, it keeps a cultural dialogue active in our work and allows us to meet our audiences in a deeply engaged way. Mapping what we do to an environment forces us to think carefully about the space we are entering, we aim to extend this process to the audiences we engage.
Comedy is our most common genre and almost all of what we do is about bringing a smile to people's faces. It is the perfect starting point to open people up to new possibilities and to different ways of thinking about their world, and if achieve nothing else with them at least we have made them smile. We want to communicate with people through joy and as an antidote to the fear filled media system that they hear most of their messages about the world. By positively engaging our audiences with environmental and social issues in a funny and absurd way we aim to inspire hope and optimism.