An Australian university has managed to capture the world’s imagination with four costumes, a room full of breakable things, and an internet connection.
For the past week, Deakin University has broadcast a “live, interactive sitcom”called Stress Break from a tiny studio in Melbourne’s Docklands, where costumed actors dressed like a ghost, a hotdog, a robot and a slothsmash things on demand for an hour and a half each evening.
The addictive and destructive live stream, which is commentated by two people and has action replays, began its week-long run at 5pm on Monday. On Tuesday, it was posted to social sharing site Reddit, and since then thousands have tuned in every night to request the theatrical destruction ofprinters, computers, vases,bowls and other household detritus.
Messages fromFacebook and Twitter are read out as part of the stream, with students or workers giving themselves a stress level out of five and requesting the material destruction that would help them feel better.
The result is a kind of demented version of Q&A: a bunch of charactersin a live stream, tweets flashing up on the screen, and some scenes you just can’t look away from.But (take note Aunty)it also hasa robotdestroying a fridge with a sledgehammer.
Trisca Scott Branagan, Executive Director of Marketing for Deakin, said the memorabledisplay was organised ahead of Victoria’s final-year exams, the Victorian Certiciate of Education (VCE) as light-hearted and inventive way to help students take temporary refuge fromstress.
The broadcast has attracted a much wider audience than originally intended.
“I guess that’s the thing about the internet,” Ms Branagan saidwith a laugh. “When it catches people’s attention and they like what they see, you don’t have control over that. We’re really excited that this has now started a global conversation around stress and awareness of that.”
The objects that get smashed are mostly old equipment that was destined for the tip, but there are a few special requests that are accommodated.
“Some things are staple items, like there are always computers and printers there, other things change each night as we get requests through for additional objects,” Ms Branagan said.
“It’s any variety of well-loved, now useless items that we can have a bit of fun with.
With the help of creative agency The Royals, the university has built an entire website around the live stream –which finishes on Friday –including profiles on the costumed characters, and the way they will smash things. The sloth, for example, is prone to bursts of energy followed by slow, sleepymovements.
“When you talk to the people in the costumes, they really get into character,” Ms Branagan said.“I think they’re having as much fun as we are watching them.”
Hundreds of thousands of viewers have tuned in from locations like Germany, Austria, South Africa, Canada and the US, all with something positive to say about the performance, and many with a suggestion of what to destroy.
The sitcom has been so successful the university isn’t sure what they can do next that would top it– but from the looks of it, it’s already helped to attract students.
#VCEStressBreak Robot! Robot! Robot! Fridge! Fridge! Fridge! Guitar! Guitar! Guitar!
— Qiao Li (@qiaofilm) October 21, 2015Can Sloth please pop the balloons with his claws while wearing the sombrero? I’m very stressed and this would help. #VCEStressBreak
— Lauren Kilby (@The_Killabee) October 21, 2015For ghost! I have to get up in the morning for school! Smash the grandfather clock with the sledgehammer #VCEStressBreak
— Tiffany Owens (@itz_PancakeDoe) October 21, 2015From theUSAJust off the phone with @Deakin learning about their international student program. IM GOING TO AUSTRALIA thanks #VCEStressBreak
— Benjamin McCrea (@BigBen4Cali) October 21, 2015I am ready to break everything in my apartment to get rid of my stress while watching #VCEStressBreak Love from The Netherlands #mrf
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