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Urban Theatre Projects Ltd

Urban Theatre Projects - Fundraising Appeal

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Urban Theatre Projects (UTP) makes work that has social impact. As Western Sydney’s premier independent arts organisation, UTP has created over 115 new Australian works that have received awards and recognition internationally and nationally. We’re driven to make work that has the power to shift perceptions and break down stereotypes – work that inspires us to create a fairer and more compassionate society. 

UTP is currently working on a new project, The Quiet Discomfort, which is a virtual reality (VR) experience that grapples with the complex social issue of emotional violence towards women and children.

We have already raised $22,000 and need your help to raise the final $3,000 by Friday 31 May to build the full experience.

Every donation is matched dollar for dollar by Creative Partnerships Australia's Plus 1 initiative.

How will the funds be used?

Over the last six-months we’ve created a prototype and tested the ‘experience’. All your donations support the full production of The Quiet Discomfort. And thanks to the Creative Partnerships’ Plus 1 initiative, they’ll match your donation dollar for dollar.   

Why are we making this work?

1 in 4 women have experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner since the age of 15

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2017)

• We believe art can play a major role in opening up broader conversations about important social issues, including emotional violence towards women and children.

• We make work that has social impact - work that has the power to shift perceptions and bring about meaningful change.

• VR is becoming a leading platform for education, training and social influence and represents a powerful platform for social change given its capacity to elicit empathy in the viewer.

• To our knowledge there is no one else working with VR to create an immersive, individual experience as a tool for Domestic Violence prevention and education in Australia.

Six fast facts about domestic violence in Australia.

1) On average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner.

2) 1 in 4 women have experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner since the age of 15.

3) 1 in 5 women have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15.

4) 85% of Australian women have been sexually harassed.

5) Almost 40% of women continued to experience violence from their partner while temporarily separated.

Where did the journey begin?

Last year, we made a test version or prototype of the virtual reality experience (known as a Proof of Concept).

Over the last six-months we’ve been busily testing this ‘Proof of Concept’ with different focus groups and gathering their thoughts and feedback on the work. We’ve shared it with counsellors, women with lived experience of domestic violence, high school students and friends of UTP to name a few. The response to this ‘prototype’ has been really positive and we’re ready to take the work into full production. That’s where we need your help.

What is the VR experience?

The Quiet Discomfort is a 360-degree virtual reality experience where the viewer has the feeling of being within the 3D space we’ve designed.

To create the rooms within the virtual environment we used a process known as photogrammetry. This is a method of taking, measuring, and combining thousands of 2D photographs of real-world places and objects for the purposes of generating photorealistic, explorable 3D environments.

To capture the live actors, we filmed them against a green screen with a custom 4K Blackmagic production camera. This bespoke form of 3D image capture allowed us to composite (or insert) the performers into the 3D environments that we designed.

Set in a suburban home, The Quiet Discomfort explores emotional violence within a de-facto relationship. It uses first person and third person storytelling to shift the power dynamic between the viewer and the characters to create an emotive experience.

The action takes place within the kitchen and bedroom of the family home. Key protagonists in the narrative are a father figure and child. Location plays a central role in the storytelling – revealing facets of their domestic life. The action moves between the kitchen and bedroom – both locations giving a sense of a broken home life.

The Quiet Discomfort has been written and directed by Rosie Dennis and made in collaboration with VR designer Volker Kuchelmeister and musician Bree van Reyk. The experience is produced by Urban Theatre Projects.

Thanks for your continued support. 

6) 1 in 6 women have experienced stalking since the age of 15.

Thank you in advance for your generous support.

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Contact Details

5 Olympic Parade
BANKSTOWN NSW, 2200

(02) 9707 2111

Are donations tax deductible?

Yes

Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.