Landline: Vancouver to Kitchener

The Micro Performance Series Presents: 

Landline: Vancouver to Kitchener

Created by Adrienne Wong and Dustin Harvey
DATES: September 23-27, 2015
VENUE: The Anderson Street Space, 1405 Anderson Street Granville Island
Presented in partnership with MT Space’s Impact Festival in Kitchener, Ontario.

LANDLINE is a performance that takes place in two places at once. Participants walk city streets, listening to an audio guide and conversing in real time with a stranger in a different city via text message. You are both audience and performer engaged in a game of unlikely rendezvous.

Using smartphones, the audience is invited to play the dual role of voyeur and accomplice in an audio-guided, experiential tour of the city. Each audience member is partnered with a fellow participant in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. As the experience unfolds, individuals are prompted simultaneously to share stories, memories, and secrets. There are also moments in which they act out choreography they imagine doing together. The project largely takes place outside in the city using the urban landscape as backdrop for the relationship forming between two strangers. LANDLINE offers participants a curious exposure to the feeling of being alone together.

Landline is a collaboration between two artists from opposite sides of the country. When Adrienne Wong and Dustin Harvey met, they wondered if they could make a show that spanned the nation. Inspired by the immensity of Canada and the way we use technology to break down that space, Landline collapses distance between two strangers in real time.

A prototype of Landline was live-tested between Vancouver and Halifax in September 2013, and the show has since toured to Dartmouth, Halifax, Ottawa, Wales, Scotland, and Iceland. Canadian Theatre Review published the script in the Summer 2014 issue on digital performance.

LANDLINE was developed by Neworld Theatre and Secret Theatre, in collaboration with Canada’s National Arts Centre.

Wednesday, September 23 (6PM)
Thursday, September 24 (6PM)
Friday, September 25 (6PM)
Saturday, September 26 (11AM, 1PM)
Sunday, September 27 (11AM, 1PM, 4PM, 6PM)

Tickets: $10 general admission. Limited availability. 

View the trailer by award-winning filmmaker Millefiore Clarkes at

Show Requirements:
• Mobile phone with SMS (text messaging). Regular text messaging rates apply.
• Remember to arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before departure, to fully charge the battery on your phone, and to dress for the weather.


I’m confused. So we walk around and follow an actor?

You are guided on a walk by a track on an mp3 player. Think of it like the audio guide you might listen to in a museum. You will hear a voice telling you stories and giving you instructions. Your job is to listen carefully and act promptly. How far you go is entirely up to you.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email A front of house attendant will get back to you within a day or so.

What should I bring?

Bring your cellphone, headphones (but you can borrow ours, too) and a sense of adventure. Wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. You can leave heavy bags with our trustworthy front of house attendants.

So I’ll be texting?

Yes. More specifically, you will use the Skype app on your smartphone device. We will log you into one of our Skype accounts. Within the account, you will be instant messaging another Skype account. Regular data rates apply. We calculate that LANDLINE will use approximately 3MB of data.

Can I bring a friend?

Please do! LANDLINE is an experience for one audience member at a time, so you can compare notes after the show.

Where does it begin?

The Home Base is our Anderson Street Space at 1405 Anderson Street on Granville Island

Where does it end?

Same place as the start.

How long is the show?

The show is 60-minutes. You’ll be spending most of that time outside.

This isn’t one of those “participation” shows, is it?

We don’t take you to dangerous locations nor do we ask you to do anything scary or embarrassing. You are in control. Where you go is up to you.

If there are no actors, is this really theatre?

We think so. Come and check it out and we can talk after.

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