P . I . S . C . E . S .

This isn’t a drill — they’re here…

P.I.S.C.E.S. (Potential Impact on Society of Contact from Extraterrestrial Species) is a theatre event that happens onstage and online simultaneously. Changing every night depending on audience-interaction and social media, P.I.S.C.E.S. is a show for anyone who has ever wondered what will happen when they arrive.

In 2015 John was awarded an Arts Council of Ireland award to develop his new one-man-show. The culmination of his science fiction trilogy, P.I.S.C.E.S. is a hard science fiction exploration of the actual effects on humanity of contact from extra-terrestrial intelligence. In researching P.I.S.C.E.S., John discovered a study that showed that participants’ expectations of such a momentous incident as Contact correlated with one’s political and religious beliefs – the more conservative a participant was, the more likely he or she assumed that any visiting alien society would certainly not come in peace. The opposite also held through – liberal participants believed that any society capable of interstellar travel would be so advanced that their agenda would not include violence against us. With P.I.S.C.E.S., John created a performance that combines the methodology of Boal’s Forum Theatre with digital and social media. Each performance has two audiences – the audience in the theatre and another audience who follow the forum’s deliberation online and use Twitter to be part of the discussion. P.I.S.C.E.S. ran at the Galway Theatre Festival 2016.

Made possible by The Arts Council of Ireland Project Development Award

Arts Council of Ireland, Theatre  Galway City Council

photos by Seán T. Ó Meallaigh; show image by Marta Barcikowska