Time & Location
Feb 27, 2022, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM GMT+5:30
On Your Phone
About the event
Kaivalya Plays, in partnership with Exotel, presents
LIFELINE 99 99
One on one. Interactive. Live. On your phone, at your home.
ABOUT THE SHOW
In the age of growing indifference and shrinking empathy, can one still create a genuine human connection?
Dial in to Lifeline 99 99, a unique theatre performance that takes place over a phone call.
Choose from seven different experiences and have a one-on-one conversation with a conflicted sex chat operator, an aggrieved idealist, a dude alien, a morbid insurance agent, a memory alteration researcher, an ethical scammer or art itself, personified... all telling you something about the times we live in.
No two shows are alike as each conversation is unique and personalised to you and how your answers drive the story.
Showcased at festivals like Living Record Festival 2022, RangaShankara Theatre Festival 2021 and Re-Connect Theatre Festival 2021.
PRESS AND MEDIA
"(Lifeline 99 99) stands out as one of the more innovative forms of theatre which have mushroomed in the post-Covid, socially distanced era." - The Daily Guardian
"Lifeline 99 99 is a one-of-a-kind play that blends Interactive Voice Response Service (IVRS) technology with live storytelling over the phone." - Mid Day India
"Creative expressions find a way even in the toughest of times. One example is Lifeline 99 99, an interactive play, by Delhi-based Kaivalya Plays, that takes place over a phone call." - New Indian Express
"It's a format born of the pandemic. A new kind of theatrical experience invites listeners to dial in and listen to a story as it unfolds live. If they choose, the listener can also engage with the action, helping to shape the play as it unfolds." - Hindustan Times
"An example of how theatre has adapted to and thrived in socially distanced times"
- Mint Lounge
"Lifeline 99 99 shines as an experimental art practice among the evolving theatre explorations in the Indian sub-continent. This is one phone call you definitely do not want to miss." - Firstpost
“Perhaps the intent of Lifeline 99 is precisely this, to remind us what it means to be human and what it means to offer our humanity.” - Homegrown
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How does it work? The audience calls a phone number, where they hear an IVRS voice that asks them certain questions and subsequently connects them to any one of the experiences available – a one on one conversation – a conflicted sex chat operator, an aggrieved idealist, a dude alien, a morbid insurance agent, a memory alteration researcher, an ethical scammer or art itself, personified.
So what's different? As an audience member, you experience a live story on the phone. Depending on your level of interactivity and how the conversation flows, it can last anywhere between 30 to 60 minutes. No two shows are alike as each conversation is unique and personalized to you and how your answers drive the story.
What happens after I buy a ticket? You will receive an email with more instructions for the show day as well as a Whatsapp reminder.
ABOUT THE TEAM
Directed and Designed by Akshay Raheja and Gaurav Singh.
Performed by Kumar Abhimanyu, Nikie Bareja, Rochan Mathur, Ramita Menon, Raghav Seth, Gaurav Singh and Vanshika Verma.
Writing by Akshay Raheja.
Technical Production by Gaurav Singh.
Original run production managed by Stuti Kanoongo and subsequent runs production managed by Saumya Upadhyay.
Presented by Kaivalya Plays, an Indian performing arts and production company known for their work in spontaneous improvisation, adaptation of foreign language texts and innovative theatrical experiences. With multilingual shows and performances in their calendar every month, they also offer a slew of training opportunities in improvisation, acting and arts management for individual professionals, schools, institutions and corporates. Learn more at kaivalyaplays.org
The show is supported by technical partner Exotel, Asia’s largest cloud-based customer communication platform.
For more information, questions and queries you can get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a Whatsapp us at +91 9818925599.