• Bystander - Real people, real stories.


The Bystander Project is a model of creating a performance and installation work with a community. Performance - The Bystander Project takes the reflections of real people responding to what it’s like to be a bystander in their world and presents them as ‘Headphone Verbatim Performance’. This means the actors will deliver the words from the interviews as they hear them from the headphones in real time without embellishment. The performance will also include original songs, performed live, about the community and people interviewed. In each town interview participants will range in age, lifestyle, gender and background. In addition to the performance there will be a photographic and audio installation left for community members to experience and revisit in their own time. The images are of the participants in their life, home, work, with the animals or gardens, doing the things they love or do every day. The aim of this project is to bring understanding to those living around us. We believe that everyone’s story is interesting and valuable and that by sharing stories we are able to be in the world together with greater empathy. This work requires the creative team residing in a community for 2 weeks to collect interviews, take the photographs and get to know the unique qualities of a town before creating and delivering the work in situ.

Form and Style:
The style of the performance is stripped back; two stools, two mics in front of projections of the participants and a simple 3-person band set up. In the past, we have found that cabaret style seating has worked well but we are flexible with this and could perform the work practically anywhere. The installation works best if there is a dedicated room/space for the exhibit. Each interview participant will have a listening station designated to them. Each listening station consists of a seat in front of a large framed portrait, a photo journal containing 6-8 images of the speaker, their life, their home or work, their animals or favourite things, and a set of headphones that play the original interview. Audiences can enter and spend some time with each contributor. The installation can stay in the community for up to 3 weeks. Once the exhibition is taken down, then the recordings, photo journals and portraits will belong to the community.

Duration of performance: 70mins

Interval: No

Maximum performances per week: 3 performances after a two-week residency in community.

Remount: No remount is required (as the show is created in the community) but a pre-tour visit to the community is desirable.

Weekly Fee: Approximately $17,000 for a 2-week residency/community engagement period, 3 performances and installation/exhibition. We are seeking funding to reduce presenter costs.

Royalties: 0%

Date available: 2020 - we are currently in talks with several venues to tour this project in 2020

No. people in Touring Party: 4

Bump-in Time: 1-day bump in of installation and performance into venue

Bump-out Time: 2-hour bump out of performance and 1 day bump out of installation

First Possible Performance: After the 2-week residency starting on a Monday, our first performance can be on the second Friday.

Minimum Break Between Shows: 1 show per day - Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Theatre formats: Any

Minimum Stage Width: Any

Minimum Stage Depth: Any

Minimum Stage Height: Any

Minimum Wing Space: Any

Set Description: 2 x stools, 2 x mics in front of a projector screen and a small 3-piece band set up side of stage.

Staging Description: As above

Lighting - provided by company: None

Lighting Requirements - to be provided by venue:
Projection and screen that can be a backdrop to the performance. We can be flexible with the lighting the venue has available.

Audio - provided by company:
We can provide PA and mics and stands and brand equipment if the venue cannot provide - but venue PA is preferable.

Audio Requirements - to be provided by venue: Vocal PA, 4 vocal mics, 4 mic stands, 3 di's.

No. of additional lighting staff required from venue: 1

No. of additional sound staff required from venue: 1

No. multi-taskers required from venue:
If a multitasker can do both lighting and sound, then one multitasker is all that we require.

Dressing rooms required: No

Other technical or performance notes:
We require the venue to provide a Community Liaison officer to assist in the lead up to and during the residency.

Marketing Collateral:
Professional poster image, as well as several promotional images, performance shots and video (of Bystander Beverly edition).

Community Engagement:
This work is made with the community. Whiskey & Boots will work closely with a community liaison to find the interview participants. The creative team will be spending two weeks residing in the town, meeting with and interviewing people, getting to know the personality of the community. This work is a reflection of a place, we want to honour and celebrate each unique town we bring this project to. The idea of Bystander is that we bring the community on the journey with us and allow them to celebrate what makes them special.

Target Market:
We make an effort to bring a cross section of community members into the project. In particular we make a special effort to include members of the community who may never have been to the theatre before and make being involved in the process a welcoming experience for them and their family and friends.

Contact Email: whiskeyandboots@gmail.com


"I really didn’t know what was going to happen, but I was so impressed with the night and how you were able to portray the people of Beverley you interviewed.” Jenny Rayner
"It really was an amazing evening and totally exceeded my expectations! I hope that if you take it to other towns, they will get behind you and attend. It really is the most unique and interesting show I have seen in a very long time!!”

Britt (Beverley Community and Audience Member)

"The response from the community has been only positive and I have had many people asking when it can be done again. The way you interacted and engaged with everyone that wanted to be involved was a credit to you, Georgia and the Whiskey and Boots production team including Holly. By using the Residency and locating yourselves in our community it also gave the town of Beverley a sense of ownership as well."

Bruce Denny (Beverley Community and Audience Member)


Interdisciplinary - Theatre, live music, photographic installation