Prismatic Arts Festival

Landline: Dartmouth to Ottawa

Landline: Dartmouth to Ottawa

Aug 21 & 22 (7-10pm), Aug 23 & 24 (4-7pm)
Dartmouth: Alderney Landing Rotunda
Ottawa: ArtsCourt

Get Tickets: Dartmouth | Get Tickets: Ottawa

A singular audio play about the collapse of distances, pairing you with another audience member a thousand kilometers away.

Landline is a unique collaboration by two Canadian theatre companies from the opposite sides of the country. When artists Adrienne Wong (Neworld Theatre, Vancouver BC) and Dustin Harvey (Secret Theatre, Halifax NS) 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.

This is a new kind of theatre. Part radio play, part walking tour, you are the audience, but you are also the actor, and your scene partner is doing exactly what you are doing—a thousand kilometers away.

With departures every fifteen minutes from home base in Alderney Landing, an audio guide prompts you to drift through the city streets and to stop at a series of locations linked to your memories and imagination. You conjure another city thousands of miles away, and there find your real-life scene partner. The story invites you to begin a short conversation by text message on topics like memories, absent loved ones, and massive change. At the end of the walk, you are drawn back to Alderney Landing where you will find your scene partner in Ottawa, Ontario, this time on I’ve video. Now face to face, how much will you reveal, and how much further will the conversation go?

Landline is created by Dustin Harvey and Adrienne Wong, and produced by Neworld Theatre and Secret Theatre, in collaboration with the National Arts Centre.

Adrienne Wong – Neworld Theatre


Adrienne is interested in asking audiences to make connections with the environments and people who surround them by “re-seeing” the familiar and re-imagining the everyday. Works include a series of site-specific audio plays, a participatory show for kids about city planning, a live, analogue Facebook, and curating the research wing of Adrienne is an Associate Artist with Neworld Theatre.

Dustin Harvey – Secret Theatre


Dustin’s recent work is about a beauty found in the connections between strangers. These projects include theatrical walks with the help of iPods, live film experiences, site-specific performances, and responsive audio installations. Each production is about creating meaningful, shared experiences that are thoughtful, intimate, and temporary.