Once Upon a Time, We Were Celebrities

Past, choices, hope

Designer: Diana Ostrat (EE)
Number of participants: 6–12
Duration: 4 hours
Genre/style: Nordic-influenced, blackbox, impro-theatre, collective storytelling, psychodrama
The presenter feels that this larp IS suitable for young people aged 16+

About the larp

They are the homeless, the hobos, the bums, the drunkards and outcasts. They have many names, and tonight, as each night, they have gathered around a fire to spend the night, eat, drink and tell stories.

Once upon a time, they were celebrities. They were famous and happy. What mockery of fate has brought them here? What (the heck) went wrong?

Each night, one of them tells their story. And the others listen, and hence become part of it.

But one of them has a Ticket. A Ticket of Fortune. What if they win a million? Would the fortunate once more become a celebrity. And happy? Could they change their fate? Find long lost loved ones? Help their fellow unfortunates?

Truth will rise, before the days are done.

Content Warnings: Nothing requiring a warning has come up to this point.

Presented by

Diana Ostrat (EE): Hi! I’m a wannabe fantasy writer and photographer, and an obsessed dragon-friend. My work as a stage-producer and hobbyist film maker brought me to larp scene a good fourteen years ago and I never left. And even though I love (immersive) play, I mostly like to stay behind the scenes (as a Game Master, NPC or other member of the staff) and help people realise their dreams. When I’m not roleplaying, I am making academical career in English language and literature at Tartu University, and with sleeping, reading fantasy lit, and snuggling with my cat.

Parameters

Communication style Lots of speech
Movement style Walking is the usual norm, but it is very easy to adapt to lying down as the minimum.
Tone Dramatic
Characters Players build their characters around a predesigned skeleton or archetype
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 Scenery and props will be used to make the play space look something like the fictional space
Play culture Players are collaborating to achieve joint aims

Saturday afternoon, Studio 1