Life Lessons

Drawing, community, self-exploration

Designer: Mo Holkar (UK)
Number of participants: 5-12
Duration: 3 hours
Genre/style: London style (nordic-influenced, indie-rpg-influenced)
The presenter feels that this larp IS NOT suitable for people under the age of 18

PREMIER – this larp’s first appearance at a festival

About the larp

Drawing a live human model can sometimes reveal more about you than it does about the subject. In Life Lessons, you will play a student at a weekly life-drawing class, across a series of six lessons. The process of drawing will open up your characters – to themselves, and to each other – and they will share and bond.

[Important note: you don’t have to be able to draw, or even to be interested in drawing, to take part. Drawing is just a mechanism for approaching the exploration of your character: what you draw during the larp will not be seen by anyone other than yourself, unless you wish it to.]

Content Warnings: Nothing in the design, but participants might introduce disturbing material when designing their characters. (Participants will be encouraged to anonymously request the exclusion of subjects and themes that they personally would rather not have in the larp.)

Presented by

Mo Holkar (UK): UK larp designer and organizer, increasingly involved in the international scene over the last few years. Interested currently in how the embodied nature of larp means that it can aid meaningful exploration of feelings.

Parameters

Communication style Minimal speech
Movement style Sitting
Tone Intense
Characters Players create their own characters, in a workshop
Narrative control Players have some influence over story, but there is basically a script or structure that they’re within
Transparency Transparent design, but players can create secrets during play and keep them from each other / reveal them when wished
Representation level The fictional space is pretty similar to the play space
Play culture The concept of rivalry or cooperation between players doesn’t really apply

Saturday morning, Studio 1