Mars Raiders is a live, interactive theatrical space game that invites you to call into a Mars mission, unlock clues and determine the astronaut’s fate.
INASA (InterNational Air and Space Association – a UK/US/EU collaboration) has invited you, a member of the general public, to a Q&A with astronaut Jamie Val who is on a return mission with a precious enzyme sample from Mars. In the year 2030, INASA has been all over the news for the discovery of this miraculous enzyme found in a Martian soil sample. The enzyme has the ability to dissolve plastics and potentially fix Earth’s plastic waste issue. The Q&A with Jamie starts as a normal PR stunt until the ship is inexplicably cut off from INASA communications. The engines stop. Jamie begins to float dangerously close to an oppositional satellite and the threatening messages start rolling in. Unable to connect with home base, Jamie is dependent on the people who have tuned in to help them get home safely with the precious enzyme. They face off with space-pirates, international militant space competitors, and corruption from the Blue Orizon corporation. Jamie’s future and the fate of this mission are entirely in your hands.
Janet K Howe They/Them/Theirs (Creator / Jamie) is a non-binary creator working at the intersection of theatre and games. Their work focuses on creating positive change and learning through playful theatrical experiences and games. Janet has directed and created immersive and interactive theatre in five countries and is the former Artistic Director of Chicago based (re)discover theatre. Their work includes full building immersive take overs, intimate one-on-one experiences, and board games. Janet has trained with Punchdrunk, Third Rail Projects and worked with interactive companies such as Coney, ZU-UK, and Blast Theory.
Julian "Joolz" Stroop They/Them/Theirs(Writing & Development / ASANI / All Recorded voices) Ah, stranger, quick, come in from the cold… have you met Joolz? Joolz makes art. Sometimes Joolz makes other things. Strange, terrible, unspeakable things. You may have seen them in the Passage Theatre’s ALL-ONE! The Dr. Bronner’s Play, in This is a Chair as part of Haven Theater’s Directors Haven, in Masque Macabre with Strawdog Theater Company, or most recently: screaming silently in your own nightmares. When they aren’t polymorphing into other creatures/things, you may find them doodling monsters, writing stories, or playing D&D. If you’re feeling brave, follow them on Instagram @itsjoolz.
Sofi Lee-Henson She/Her/Hers (poster designer) is an immersive experience director and performer, graphic designer, moss wrangler and brain surgeon with the Dr Leon: Neural Enhancement Clinic. Based out of Notting Hill, London, UK. She has been poking at augmenting the human experience since 2013 after graduating from Central Saint Martins School of Art & Design, and the Secret Cinema School of “I’ll work in any department”. Sofi established her company XNN Systems in 2014, creating pseudo scientific, psychological experiments and mindfulness experiences encased in a thick, often pastel pink coloured paddling pool. She has worked with leading UK companies such as Secret Cinema and Fire Hazard Games. https://xnn.systems