Martin Butcher wants to know how to make people happy, and he’s hoping to find the answer at this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival.
‘19 Points of Connection’ is Martin’s intriguing, hands-on Melbourne Fringe Festival event that explores how we piece together the ideal environment for happy humans.
Over 90 minutes, the audience of ‘19 Points of Connection’ is encouraged to think, listen, contribute and ultimately, to decide what kind of environment fosters happiness.
It’s no passive theatre experience. There are no seats, no stage, no actors.
Martin has drawn on his work in community engagement and facilitation in developing and staging the unique show.
His inspiration for its central question comes from a quote by Enrique Peñalosa, “We know a lot about the ideal environment for a happy whale or a happy mountain gorilla. We’re far less clear about what constitutes an ideal environment for a happy human being.”
“It’s not something we often talk about,” says Martin, “but amidst new urban development, new technology and changing family structures, what do we need in our surroundings to be happy?”
The audience, which is limited to 30 people, are an integral part of the event.
“It’s challenging but not confronting for the audience. It suits both introverts and extroverts,” says Martin. “You don’t have to come along armed with any prior knowledge or ideas – it all happens on the night.”
19 Points of Connection debuts during the Melbourne Fringe Festival at the City of Melbourne Bowls Club in West Melbourne.
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