Half truths of Werribee

Oliver Devlin, Freya Daly Sadgrove, Ralph Upton and Joel Baxendale from Binge Culture. Photo by Joe Mastroianni.

By Alesha Capone

A satirical and immersive outdoor audio experience is coming to Werribee.

Presented by the Melbourne Fringe and Wyndham council, Ancient Shrines and Half Truths will be performed this week.

Created and performed by the artistic collective Binge Culture, the guided adventure – which will cover part of Watton Street –promises to “take travellers on a journey to discover hidden gems, embrace local cultural rituals and absorb the tales that pervade them”.

Binge Culture’s creative director Joel Baxendale and performer Freya Daly Sadgrove said that Ancient Shrines and Half Truths was created in 2017 and premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe.

They adapt the show to whichever location they travel to, and audience members – or participants – are provided with a device containing an app, which has audio and a map which leads to performers.

“In a way it’s to sort-of celebrate a town which is silly and fun, and it’s nice to turn a public space into a performance space,” Daly Sadgrove said.

Baxendale said that apart from being a tour of Werribee, the show was “kind of like a satire of tourism”.

Ancient Shrines and Half Truths will be performed at 11am and 1pm from Wednesday, September 18 to Sunday, September 22.

Tickets: free, book at melbournefringe.com.au/event/ancient-shrines-and-half-truths/