Dissent: Daley Rangi
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Dissent: Daley Rangi

A roleplaying game of choice and morality

Dissent is a rousing, provocative and mischievous exploration of everyday resistance and social conditioning, created and facilitated by shapeshifting Māori storyteller Daley Rangi.

Each night four strangers join Rangi at a table in front of a live audience. They are invited to roll a dice and make a series of escalating and discomforting choices.

As a playful and supportive host, Rangi will welcome members of the audience, who can choose to play or simply to watch.

Rangi says Dissent emerged from acts of passive resistance, “It explores ethical and social dilemma. The players are faced with predicaments that bring them into conflict with forces of authority and their own morality.”

“Dissent is about everyday activism and the choices we make minute to minute, hour to hour. What decisions will the players make to create a better place on a very local level – where we live, work and play,” explained Rangi.

The world of Dissent is hyperlocal. For this season at Arts House, the streets of North Melbourne are the site for imagination and play with references to the neighbourhood.

Arts House Access Advisory Member, writer and game enthusiast Jonathan Craig says he is excited about the prospect of Dissent.

“From the outside, it seems like tabletop games are all about escapism. You imagine yourself in a more dramatic world as a more powerful person. I love how Dissent flips the script, gamifying the familiar. How will players respond to difficult decisions in the everyday? I’m intrigued to find out,” explained Craig.

Arts House Acting Artistic Director, Olivia Anderson, welcomes Rangi to Arts House, “Dissent is a provocative and imaginative new work about how our choices shape our environments and ourselves. We look forward to see who is game enough to come and roll the dice.”