DecryptionsConfrontation of genres and mixing of audiences… Such is the result of performances during which passionate players seize classics of literature.
“O Romeo! Romeo! Why are you Romeo? Deny your father and abdicate your name; or, if you don’t want it, swear to love me, and I’ll be no more [de la faction] Colon. »
It’s hard to get more iconic than the balcony scene of Romeo and Juliet, of Shakespeare. In the staging proposed on April 30, 2022 by The Wasteland Theater Company, the lovers who have just met do not however curse the rivalry between the Capulet and Montaigu families, but that between the Pillagers and the Settlers, two opposing factions of the game. online video Fallout 76.
Rather than flesh and blood actors, the two lovers are embodied by purely digital creatures, avatars controlled by players. Where are the spectators? They too are behind a screen. A handful have stumbled upon this theater, set amidst the post-apocalyptic West Virginia ruins of Fallout 76while not far from a hundred others comment on the performance from the Twitch streaming platform.
Vertigo of the mise en abyme
“None of us are professional or aspiring comedians. We are just gamers who are passionate about the theater »explain to World the director of The Wasteland Theater Company, who prefers to be referred to by the pseudonym he uses in the game, Northern_Harvest. This jovial 30-year-old Canadian is delighted to celebrate the first anniversary of the troupe, formed in July 2021.
The group of thirteen people first came together around a hobby: arranging and dressing mannequins in order to recreate scenes from their favorite films in Fallout 76. But it is not uncommon, in games of the genre, to “roleplayer”, to invent a digital double, with its own personality and characteristics: collectively, the small gang decides to have fun embodying the different members of a theater troupe, to introduce Shakespeare to the other inhabitants of this science fiction universe. Curious mise en abyme: the players find themselves embodying actors, themselves playing the characters of MacBeth Where Romeo and Juliet.
A new way of acting (in theatre)
The actors 2.0 must adapt to the constraints of the games, which are not very malleable. In Fallout 76, the characters have no facial expressions. Kiss or commit suicide two of the favorite pastimes of Shakespearean characters, is also impossible there. The use of “emotes” (pre-recorded animations), special intonations or lighting variations make it possible to counterbalance these shortcomings.
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