Maryam – a mobile drama
Maryam is a young scientist in the 900-century Aleppo, Syria. She developed the advanced astrological instrument Astrolabe, which fits in a pocket, and by using the stars she measured time, place and position. She fights to take place in Bayt al-Hikma, House of Wisdom, where men dominate.
Maryam is theater in the mobile phone. An app with voices and instructions. A non-linear excursion into the city via maps and places that make the history take place through headphones. A drama where you can share your thoughts and learn from others’ reflections. The trip begins and ends at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm.
This is the third part of the trilogy Women In Science, which portrays the female pioneers in science, highlights research today, and explores new ways for theater to reach a wider audience. The two previous sections have been provided by RATS Theatre (formerly Kista Theatre). Maryam is provided by RATS Theatre in collaboration with the Royal Dramatic Theatre and Stockholm University – Department of Computer and Systems Sciences. With the support of the Heritage Fund, Formas, Stockholm Cultural Administration, Cultural Department, Stockholm County Council, Postcode Lottery, the Government’s strategic funding for ICT-The Next Generation.
Opening May 7, 2013 at the Royal Dramatic Theatre – and several other locations around Sweden simultaneously.
How it works:
1. If you have access to a smartphone, download the app MARYAM to your phone. The app is heavy so be sure to download it before the show starts. If you do not have access to a smartphone, you can borrow a mobile phone and a headphone of the Royal Dramatic Theatre.
2. We gather in the Dramatic foyer where the show begins . By being on site and have the app downloaded to your phone, start the show with just a click.
3. Make sure you have your headphones plugged in, the play is based on the sound where the actors’ lines interspersed with specially composed music.
4. The scenes is set in various locations around the Royal Dramatic Theatre and the app detects when you approach a scene with the help of GPS. When a scene is finished, select which scene you want to go to via a map in the app.
5. At the end of the drama, you can reply to a question linked to the performance. In the mobile phone, you can check your answers and share each other’s thoughts.
6. Performed in several places at the same time in Sweden.
7. In the Dramatic foyer a portrayed virtual set design by artist Peter Hagdahl is shown.