The audience arrive, check in and trade tickets for boarding passes and hand luggage.
They pass through security where scanners reveal them to be flawed, human … loved.
They wait in a transit lounge for their gate to be called.
They put on headphones that reveal the inner most thoughts of people sitting next to them. Stories, anecdotes and cautionary tales unfold – of travel, migration and survival, each told in a rich theatrical language of text, physical images, video and sound.
This imaginative theatrical work has been developed through a collaboration between local and Sydney based artists and members of the Wollongong community through a series of workshops run with the IMS and The Drama Studio.
In Transit began life as a research project into interconnectivity and air travel.
Creators Michael Pigott and Katja Handt distributed postcards at airports around the world asking for thoughts about being in transit. In the stories, poems and emails we received were a number of similar thematic ideas: A sense of displacement; a feeling of freedom from the everyday, and above all a desire to connect with others.
“Transit” has different connotations in the current socio- political climate. A ‘global office’ business woman sitting in LAX’s sparkling cathedral to commerce is in stark contrast to the ‘transit’ of Manus or a UNCHR camp on Bangladesh’s Myanmar border. The freedom of global movement of some sits uncomfortably next to the struggle of movement of others.
In Wollongong in September the transit lounge becomes a space for a conversation about what it means to depart, what it means to arrive and what it means to belong.