Running my first larp

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Next week I’ve got the opportunity to put on a workshop at my counselling summer school. I decided to run a larp.

I’ve chosen ‘New Voices in Art’ by Edland, Falch and Rognli.  This is a larp in which the characters are artists at the preview of the show of the title, each with their own secret fears and hopes about their work.  The metatechnique ‘ping the glass’ allows these inner thoughts to be revealed, as characters give monologues that can be heard by the other players, though not by their characters.

The main reason I wanted to run this larp is that as our class graduates after this summer school, we will all go our separate ways.  Most will be looking to set up in private practice as therapists.  Like the artists in the larp, we’re at a crossroads.  I’m hoping that the larp will be a way to explore the future imaginatively and emotionally, without making that point too obviously.

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Larps I’ve Been Discovering

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Last night I spent yet another couple of hours trawling through larp documentation.  I feel like such a larp nerd, but I can’t help it!  I get all excited when I read about these and just want to play …

Limbo as staged in a vintage tram

Limbo … I’m excited to be playing this on Sunday with Adam James, who’s doing a great job of promoting larp in London.  The idea is that all the characters are hovering between life and death, in a kind of existential ‘waiting room’.  Some of them will die, I suppose, and some return to life.  Reminds me of Spirited Away.  This is just my idea of what fantasy ought to be about.  Continue reading