Presented by Brisbane Festival, West Village & Metro Arts

Bad things are happening and our heroes are at risk! Will you help save them? From techno-troublemakers Counterpilot comes Avoidable Perils, a new dubious social experiment developed in collaboration with optikal bloc. 

Appearing larger than life on the iconic Peter’s Ice Cream Factory, cartoon heroes are caught up in a series of precarious circumstances. A tank full of sharks, a deadly laser beam, a vat of acid – every few minutes, scenes of imminent peril unfold with dark whimsy. As the clock ticks down, our heroes face certain danger. But tragedy can be avoided!

With a simple text message, you can be part of the solution. But it will take a few of you. If witnesses can rally enough people to participate in time, the hero can be saved. The question is… can anyone be bothered?

A game for the masses, Avoidable Perils explores activism in the attention economy and the need for social cooperation towards a greater good. These ideas are particularly poignant during the COVID-19 pandemic, where individual choices have a significant impact on our collective wellbeing. In the face of this very real peril, we have to realise there is no lone saviour around the corner. We are all the heroes. And safety is a team sport.

Bring your smartphone to be a part of the greater good! 


4 – 19 September 2020
6:00pm – 9:00pm Tuesday – Saturday


The Common, West Village
97 Boundary St, West End


Contains references to cartoon violence. 
Suitable for all ages. 


Created by Counterpilot, with optikal bloc
Nathan Sibthorpe – Director
Craig Wilkinson – Video Designer
Mike Willmett – Sound Designer
Sean Dowling – Illustrations
Clinton Freeman – Software Designer
Jeremy Gordon – Programming Assistance

Devised by Nathan Sibthorpe, Craig Wilkinson, Sean Dowling, Christine Felmingham, Mike Willmett and Sarah Winter. 

Image by Sean Dowling.  


We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 



Counterpilot is a transmedia performance collective based in Brisbane. With a core team of interdisciplinary artists, they produce interactive performance works that boldly experiment with the audience experience. Counterpilot seeks to transform the familiar, juxtaposing rich fictional worlds against a backdrop of the everyday.

Their work has been seen in festivals across Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and the Sunshine Coast. TRUTHMACHINE (2019) received three awards at the 2019 Adelaide Fringe, and CRUNCH TIME (2018) was recognised with the Lord Mayor’s Award for Best New Australian Work at the 2018 Matilda Awards.

Their work has been described as “obviously brilliant” (The Age on CRUNCH TIME), a “psychedelic emotional experience” (4ZZZ on SPECTATE), and “spectacularly clever on so many levels, in a way probably never seen before” (Blue Curtains Brisbane on SPECTATE). According to The Age, “it’s an enigmatic live art conspiracy which all the cool kids will want to join… no one else is making work quite like this” (Cameron Woodhead on TRUTHMACHINE, 2019).



Commissioned by Darwin Festival, Brisbane Festival and Metro Arts. Proudly projected by Epson and Visual Focus. 
Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council.