Appetite event gives community groups a chance to party

Community groups in Stoke-on-Trent are being given a rare chance to watch a touring company in action as they plan for the UK premiere of their new show. 

Appetite has brought Party Games Party! by performance group Realplayer to the Potteries and arranged for a series of try outs to be held in front of invited audiences who will get the chance to take part in the new interactive production. 

The show will be developed before various test audiences at the Mitchell Arts Centre from October 21 to October 25 with a preview performance on 26 October. 

Realplayer is a new international performance company founded by British artists Sarah Thom and Mat Hand. 

They will be presenting Party Games Party! a highly interactive performance with lots of audience participation. Members of the audience get the chance to play party games remembered from childhood set in a theatrical environment. 

Groups working with Appetite have been invited to be test audiences for Party Games Party! Gary Cicinskas of Appetite said: “This offers people a rare opportunity to watch as a theatre company perfects its show. 

“This is an invitation only event and Realplayer Performance will be fine tuning the performance and making changes depending on audience reaction.” 

Appetite is a three year Arts Council England funded programme designed to improve access to the arts in Stoke-on-Trent. 


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Notes to Editors: 

Appetite is the Creative People and Places programme taking place in Stoke-on-Trent from 2013 to 2016. Appetite aims to get more people in Stoke-on-Trent to experience and be inspired by the arts. This investment in the arts and cultural sector of the area aims to mobilise and strengthen the skills, knowledge and infrastructure that already exists within the area and provide unprecedented opportunities for more people to see, make and influence more art in the city.   

The Appetite programme is funded by Arts Council England and is led by the New Vic Theatre in partnership with B Arts, Brighter Futures, Partners in Creative Learning and Staffordshire University. It is supported by Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
For further information on Appetite contact Karl Greenwood, Project Director. Telephone 01782 381373 (ext 310) or email [email protected]

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About Party Games Party!

Over the course of an evening, in a hall filled with bunting and balloons, a gamesmaster invites the audience to join in games remembered from childhood parties. There are spectators and players, winners and losers. The audience supports, cajoles and encourages. Some will triumph and some will fail. Each game has a winner’s ceremony.

On the victory podium there are fanfares, applause, medals and prizes. Something to play for – a reason to win! In post game interviews players and spectators get a chance to reveal all.

We watch video replays of the action on large screens. In close up and slow motion we witness a winners victory, a losers defeat, moments of sheer abandon and the crowd’s reaction to it all.