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    Rattle Ground @ St David's Park #The_Dream *Opening Night Fri 14 June: 5hrs

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    Enter through either the Lion's Gate or the Supreme Court pathway into the wild and beautiful dream of Sabio, called Rattle Ground.

    St David's Park
    was once filled with gravestones and the cemetery burial plots of long lost souls. For two weeks in June it transforms into the subconscious and carnivalesque world of Sabio's innermost characters and fantastical mindscapes.

    You can interact and be immersed in "THE DREAM"
    . It's a strange dream, as they all are, it occupies an expansive 20,000 m2 landscape with the most original, idiosyncratic and personalized characters you would ever be likely to find in the modern era, or even perhaps a corner of your own mind. Each of the personas has a profound link to one another, for you to discover, while they occupy their own dream quadrants, washed by a sea of their distinct colours. 

    At the core of the dream is a 360 degree wrap-around narrative
    , projection-mapped on all sides of the historic rotunda. It's like an unfolding, full-colour picture book hugging the ancient stone walls. From a distance it appears as a constellation or supernova within Sabio's galaxy.  Close up it's almost 20 minutes of sequenced characters moving clockwise and anticlockwise around their internal world, with fantastical representations of well known Hobart landmarks where the everyday turns to magical.

    The expanse of Rattle Ground has its own bars with one-of-a-kind, dream-branded cocktails, spirits and mulled wines, food vans, sweets and savouries, and the resonance of raw-spirited, long-gone eras like the Middle Ages or story-filled Middle Eastern bazaars.  Stepping into Sabio's rich mindscape, you'll find it's diffused with the mist of a time that didn't rob humans of their freedom and mystery.

    Festival Audience Prizes:
    the first 4000 ticket buyers for the opening night will go in the draw to WIN A TRIP FOR TWO to the Adelaide Fringe.

    The 2nd prize is tickets for two to attend the Crystal Ball on Saturday 29th June, which has strictly limited numbers and a value of $280 p.p. (not including VIP entry level).

    Each night at Rattle Ground is likely to sell to capacity
    , with limits on the flow of people who can enter the dream each hour.

    Concurrent with the Winter Feast:200 steps across Salamanca Place is the City of Hobart's Winter Feast. From Friday 14th June until Sunday 23 June Rattle Ground @ St David's Park is on the same nights as the DARK MOFO Winter feast.

    Other nights include

    Rattle Ground first weekend @ St David's Park Sat 15 & Sun 16 Jun at Dark Fringe

    Rattle Ground second weekend @ St David's Park, Thu 20 to Sun 23 June at Dark Fringe

    Family Friendly Value:  Rattle Ground's entry fee is only $15 p.p. plus booking fees and charges for people sixteen and over. Children under 16 are free.

    The Rattle Ground audience experience has a price-point that should be affordable for almost anyone. Importantly, the event is family friendly and, like Gulliver's Travels (published in 1726 and released as a film as recently as 2010), from an adult perspective the immersion will be interpreted and experienced differently from children. It will be compelling in different ways for different audiences.

    Rattle Ground has 24/7 security and is a fenced-in event. There are only two entry points which are also exits.

    The foundations of Rattle Ground
    take their inspiration from the writings of Mikhail Bahktin and the compulsive creativity of Tasmanian-born Sabio. The Executive Producer is Tasmanian, David Male and the amazing team of performers, technicians, makers, operations management, front of house and support staff are all Tasmanian. Rattle Ground is uniquely produced for the DARK FRINGE FESTIVAL through a not-for-profit company, Shadow Ground Ltd. Unlike other festivals, this ambitious project did not receive state government support for creative development or pre-production. However, it is generously supported by the City of Hobart and its wonderful events team.

    Haute couture and the humble puffer jacket
    (or "Tassie tuxedo") is the essence of the amazing, originally designed and made costumes and outfits worn by the main characters moving through the park (as well as the characters within the projections onto the rotunda).

    Opening hours:
    the SUPERNOVA OPENING NIGHT, Friday 14th JUNE opens at 5:30 PM and closes at 10:30 PM.

    Audience members are able to stay for as long as they wish per night inside the park, however they can only be scanned in once per night.

    Nights that Rattle Ground is open
    : Fri 14, Sat 15, Sun 16 June and Thu 20, Fri 21, Sat 22 & Sun 23 June.

    For other nights, separate to the opening night on Fri 14th June, please find separate Humanitix events listings.

    Caveat:the immersion and experiences in Rattle Ground may evolve and change each night, and from time to time some inclusions or dream elements may pop-up or disappear and then pop up again. Council and other regulations may define some experiences.

    Dark Fringe Festival, Hobart:
    The fringe extends from 14 to 30 June, across 17 days and three weekends. It has venues from St David's Park to the City Hall, plus many private gig venues through to uncommon spaces and places not normally used for music, theatre, experimentation or audience experiences. In some ways the fringe has the ethos of the Edinburgh Fringe and the Adelaide Fringe. In other ways it has its own personality and DNA. 

    Sabio prepping for The Dream in St David's Park, 30 sec video clip with audio:

    Our 2024 themes and projects:

    The Dream
    The Hallucination
    The Crystal Ball
    The Fringe

    *In 2023 we organised 53 events at over ten different venues across Hobart.



    1. Entry is $15 p.p. plus booking fees and charges, for sixteen years and older. Children under 16 are free.
    2. Stay in the park for as long or as little as you like. Roam and experience Rattle Ground.
    3. The event occurs in St David's Park, concurrent with the Winter Feast event, rain, hail or shine (we'll bring the snowfall)
    4. This is an original, authentic, spellbinding Tasmanian event with Tasmanian creators, cast and crew
    5. The first 4,000 ticket buyers for the opening Friday night go in the draw to win a trip for two to the Edinburgh Fringe.

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