Create a family theatre experience at home

Step into the magical world of Mountain Goat Mountain from the comfort of your living room.

Home of the Arts (HOTA) has launched Mountain Goat Mountain, a new audio-led interactive theatre experience for Queensland families.

Developed during isolation by Australian company Threshold, the unique theatre experience takes families with young children on an interactive journey through a series of activities that help families set up and step into their own magical, imaginative world.

Guided by a narrative soundscape, families will embark on a 45-minute theatrical experience using only a smartphone or tablet, bed sheet, a piece of blank paper and pencils.

Kids will crawl through tunnels, cross lava pits and swim through underwater caves, all without leaving home.

Mountain Goat Mountain co-creator Sarah Lockwood said the productions was created to provide a space for families with young children to connect through play and imagination.

“It's for families needing a break from monotony and who are looking for a sense of occasion and a way to celebrate each other and this time together,” Ms Lockwood said.

“Over many years I've been working with members of this creative team to create invitational spaces that encourage relationships to grow. 

“When theatres started shutting down, we realised that we had a unique offering.”

HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said Mountain Goat Mountain was part of HOTA’s online program which aimed to bring art and theatre to Queensland homes during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mountain Goat Mountain was the very first piece of digital art we co-commissioned when the doors (to HOTA) closed in March,” Ms Gehrke said.

“Threshold have created a beautifully mesmerising and playful experience for families. It’s simply outstanding.”

Audiences can access Mountain Goat Mountain via the HOTA website.

About Mountain Goat Mountain

Tickets: $12.95 for a 30-day access pass with all funds going to Threshold and the artists who created the work.

Age range: Suitable for ages 5+

Number of participants: Created for family units of any size. Minimum participants are a grown up and a child.

Duration: About 45 minutes, about as long as a show at the theatre.

Equipment: A charged audio device (computer, phone of tablet), a bed sheet (the bigger the better), a piece of blank paper (A4 will do) and your favourite pencils, pens or felt-tip pens.