Odds On is a new digital production that submerges you into the world of Pearls of Fortune - a garish, underwater online gambling site. We are experimenting with creative technologists Marmelo, and engaging with local communities in Salford, Kent & Reading, to create an episodic, online theatrical experience. Audiences will follow an older woman through the gambling site's lens; peering through her screen as she spends more & more time consumed by racking up the pearls of fortune.
We've been having conversations and leading artistic development workshops with people with lived experience of gambling harm since the summer of 2021. Specifically focused on people in Salford, Kent and Reading we've now launched launched a Creative Advisory Group made up of people from these workshops. The Group are meeting regularly online to feed into the development process of the project, take part in creative devising & writing sessions and create connections with those with similar past experiences nationally.
We are currently creating a 2 scene prototype of the online experience, to share with partners and our Creative Advisory Group. The project will then continue to be developed over the course of 2021-22 and presented in full to digital audiences in 2022.
Created & Written by Daphna Attias & Terry O'Donovan
Dramaturgy by Tim Crouch
Performer & Facilitator: Fiona Watson
Motion Graphics by John Brannoch
Creative Technology by Marmelo
Access Development by Emily Howlett
Production Management by Philippa Mannion
Odds On has been commissioned by The Lowry's Live Now commissions, Lighthouse Poole and Farnham Maltings' New Popular programme, and will be created in partnership with Ideas Test, Kent & South Street, Reading. Odds On is funded by Arts Council England.