The joys and challenges of choose your own adventure theatre

From immersive theatre to choose your own adventure cabaret, here are some key considerations for the exhilarating format.

In the history of contemporary art, artists and performers have often passed on autonomy and control over their work to audience members, challenging the idea of spectatorship.

Inviting the audience to become co-authors and active participants, immersive theatre and ‘choose your own adventure’ formats are gaining popularity, especially in the current environment where people crave social interaction and engagement but also the chance to socially distance instead of being packed tightly into seated rows.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne.