Thursday’s Fictions is the name of an idea which has been expressed through a range of artistic forms, starting with closed forms which deliver the idea to an audience and moving towards more open forms where the audience experience involves participation in the idea. The underlying concept is the strange alchemy that occurs when an Eastern philosophy is adapted into a Western culture.
Thursday’s Fictions is a fantastical parable about reincarnation by Australian writer Richard James Allen which has evolved over almost twenty years to become a cross media work for the page, the stage, the screen and most recently the online immersive 3D world of Second Life. Exploring the fissures between Western and Eastern philosophies of the afterlife, Thursday’s Fictions is the story of a woman who tries to cheat the cycle of reincarnation to get eternal life.
The project is characterised in Wikipidea as an excellent example of level two Crossmedia. It's first manifestation was as a multi-media stage production by Tasdance and That Was Fast in 1995, which also involved a radio presentation and a book of poems, The Air Dolphin Brigade, by Richard James Allen, which was presented to the audience as a program. Excerpts from the performance text were published early in 1999 as part of the first ever anthology of Australia performance texts in 1999, Performing the Unnameable: An Anthology of Australian Performance Texts. The book Thursday's Fictions was published later in 1999 and shortlisted for the 2000 Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry. A multi-award-winning surreal dance fantasy film by The Physical TV Company began production in 2003 and was completed in 2006. The latest transmigration of the idea, Thursday's Fictions in Second Life, the prototype for which was launched in 2007, brings its spiritual and artistic into the Internet-based virtual world of Second Life.
The collaborative team of award-winning multi-modal artists Richard James Allen and Karen Pearlman have been the primary artists linking these works, each of which has involved collaborations with leading figures in a number of fields. These have included, amongst many distinguished figures, the theatre director Don Mamouney and sculptor Simeon Nelson, co-director and designer respectively for the stage production; Ron Pretty, publisher and editor of the book; Michael Yezerski, composer for the film; and Gary Hayes, producer, builder, consultant and designer for the Second Life incarnation.
Thursday's Fictions - Different Emanations
1995 - Thursday’s Fictions - Multi-media stage production by Tasdance/That Was Fast
(including a radio play at intermission and the book ''The Air Dolphin Brigade'' published by Paper Bark Press, Shoestring Press and Tasdance as a program)
1996 - Thursday’s Fictions - Featured on the SBS TV Arts program ''Imagine''
1999 - Thursday’s Fictions - Performance text published in Performing the Unnameable: An Anthology of Australian Performance Texts (edited by Richard James Allen and Karen Pearlman, published by Currency Press and RealTime)
1999 - Thursday’s Fictions - Book by Richard James Allen published by Five Islands Press, launched with performance readings at the inaugural Australian Poetry Festival, directed by Richard James Allen
2006 - Thursday’s Fictions - Theatrical Version of the Film by The Physical TV Company screens at film festivals internationally
2007 - Thursday’s Fictions - Broadcast Version of the Film by Physical TV Company screens on ABC TV
2007 - Thursday's Fictions in Second Life - Prototype for online immersive 3D world launched, using texts from the original book and film, and also drawing on other writing by Richard James Allen, in particular his poetic novel, The Kamikaze Mind.
2007 - Thursday's Fictions, Parable of Reincarnation - A 'machinima' by Gary Hayes (Gary Hazlitt) of one user journey through Thursday's Fictions in Second Life, currently on You-Tube .
Dr Christy Dena discusses the incarnations of Thursday's Fictions
in her PhD on transmedia practice,
Transmedia Practice: Theorising the Practice of Expressing
a Fictional World across Distinct Media and Environments
(click here to read or download)
Copyright (c) 2007 Richard James Allen and Karen Pearlman, The Physical TV Company Pty Ltd.