Realplayer is a performance initiative from Sarah Thom and Mat Hand that offers opportunities for togetherness and places audience at the centre of their process. Realplayer intends to engage with traditional and non-traditional arts audiences in places where people come together such as village halls, community centres or theatres. They aim to explore community ritual, abandon and risk through the creation of large and small scale performances that are unpredictable, inclusive and accessible.


The Time Is Come is a ceremonial letting go that explores control and the family dynamic.
For every family, tribe or gang there is change and departure.
Together we celebrate this existential rendezvous.

This is for everyone who has left somebody.
This is for everyone who has been left behind.
This is for everyone who is soon to go.

The Time Is Come was developed in collaboration with Ballhaus Ost Berlin, Hellerau Dresden and funded by Norwich Arts Centre.
Special thanks to: Pasco and all the team at Norwich Arts Centre, Ayla Suveren, Christina Runge, Pieter Ampe, Mmagkosi Kgabi & Annette Birkholz.
The show premièred in Norwich on 22nd February 2018.

Video by Will Whittam


Over the course of an evening in a room filled with bunting and balloons, Realplayer’s games masters invited the audience to play games remembered from childhood parties. There were spectators and players. There were winners and losers. The audience supported, cajoled and cheered. There was triumph and failure. During ceremonies on the victory podium there were fanfares, medals and cash prizes! There was something to play for - a reason to win!

Audience quotes:

‘Uplifting, sensual and uninhibited’ - ‘Sweaty and bloody hilarious’ - ‘Liberating’ ‘Inspiring’ - ‘Joyful and memorable’

Party Games Party! was developed in collaboration with Appetite Stoke-on-Trent and Norwich Arts Centre and funded by Arts Council England. The show premièred in Norwich on 19th December 2013.

Photography by Andrew Billington
Video by Will Whittam


Summer 2017 - Realplayer were invited to be artists in residence at Ballhaus Ost Berlin where we worked with Belgian choreographer Pieter Ampe.


Autumn 2017 - Realplayer were invited to be artists in residence at Hellerau European Centre for the Arts Dresden where we worked with German intuitive archer Annette Birkholz & Botswanan performer Mmakgosi Tsogang Kgabi.


For more information and touring enquiries please contact us.

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