Theatre for the Ears is a series of fictional audio-dramas and related conversations that 'sound an alarm' on our environmental and sociological challenges and their effects on human experience.
  
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An official selection for the Winter 2021 Berlin Filmhaus Festival.
'Starman' nominated for 3 nods:
Best Podcast
Best Voiceover Narrator/Performance
Best Scriptwriting for Documentary

Reviews

2nd from Bottom

12-04-2021

"The audio-play (STARMAN) covers over 200 days of Daryl/Starman’s self-imposed exile and as the protagonist morphs into a different character(s) entirely, so too the writing comes to inhabit an increasingly darker space. Mackie handles this transition with assurance showing the volatile highs and depressive lows of such a situation with economy and wit. This is aided by a first class performance of a splintering ego from Kayvon Khoshkam. Initially the character comes across as completely annoying but by the end one would have to have a heart of stone not to sympathise as they go deeper and deeper inside themself."

"I found the whole thing fascinatingly relatable"

"THE ETERNAL SAILOR: The actors are fine, the soundscape created by Stefan Smulovitz makes the whole thing immersive and it is directed with economy by Lok Yu."

Art Critique:
Brandon Lorimer

01-16-2022

on LOST SOUL ANIMAL RESCUE
"Mok has made a setting that is abundantly familiar in the universality of natural environments but layered it with such perfect amounts of the surreal... This coupled with Lam’s careful hand in guiding the subtle nuances of this experience and how each narrative element emerges makes for a truly gripping seventeen minutes."
"the acting work is perfectly executed for this concept"
"Lost Soul Animal Rescue may be the most effective listening experience of Theatre for the Ears."
"A masterclass in just how poignant succinct audio dramas can be, Lost Soul Animal Rescue will both fill your heart throughout the listen and leave an animal-shaped absence when it’s over."

Art Critique:
Brandon Lorimer

12-05-2021

"The Eternal Sailor is both poetic and mundane in the best of ways. There is a relatable fog across the circumstances that are explored that echo our own without putting us in the driver’s seat of slogging through true pain. It feels in many ways like both a history lesson and a lesson for the future, all within the realm of a fever dream. As a combination dive into the woes of our world at large and poignant woes of the heart, it is a timely and timeless piece of theatre and delivers comfort in the face of disaster."

Art Critique:
Brandon Lorimer

11-15-2021

"In every way, Starman is representative of what modern audio dramas could and should be. Crisp and gripping in its sound, believable and bracing in its performance, and stirring and striking in its subject matter."

"gripping and unsettling"

"Khoshkam’s performance as Starman is balanced on the edge of a knife, and it drives home the desperate mind the audience is experiencing... It is friendly, familiar, and frightening all at once."

"Brent Hirose’s direction of the audio drama truly stands out as well. The ways in which the space of the audio is used for the podcast within the podcast grounds the performance so strongly."

"sound designer Malcolm Dow, whose atmosphere is the perfect antidote to the tone of Starman’s delivery—a looming, ethereal presence floating around the forced grin of a man spiralling down."

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a dark comedy by Pippa Mackie
Starman

Taking inspiration from the galactic event of blackholes swallowing stars, Starman is a dark comedy about a 42-year-old man who has locked himself in his room for the rest of his life. Through his very unpopular podcast - Daryl (aka Starman) will take his internet “friends” on a journey into his chosen exile which may lead him to confront a part of himself he never knew existed.

NOTE:
This episode does have a trigger warning as it deals with strong emotional subject matter.


Alarm:  mental health and social alienation

Mental health resources if you need them,

Episodes: 
Now Available:
TO LISTEN: click on a platform link at the top of the page.
1:  STARMAN (audio-drama)

2:  STARMAN Conversation 
with Pippa Mackie & Ashley Greensmyth

3:  STARMAN Conversation
with Kayvon Khoshkam, Victor Dolhai,
Brent Hirose, and Matt McLean


Artistic Team + Guests

a love story by Derek Chan 
The Eternal Sailor

Waking up from a concussion coma suffered during a 2020 protest crackdown, Jacy goes on a marine odyssey to track down their beloved partner Alexis.
Amidst environmental chaos, a new viral threat, and a new regime, Jacy must find their way from Hong Kong to Vancouver with the help of a tape recorder and a small boat. If only that mosquito would stop following them!


Alarm:

conservation of our waterways and the fragility of democracy

Episodes:

Now Available:
TO LISTEN: click on a platform link at the top of the page. 
4:  
THE ETERNAL SAILOR (audio-drama)

5: THE ETERNAL SAILOR Conversation
with Derek Chan, Lok Yu and Dr. Derek Turner

6: 
THE ETERNAL SAILOR Conversation
with Derek Chan, Lok Yu and Dr. Miu Chung Yan


Artistic Team + Guests

a spiritual adventure by Gary Mok   
Lost Soul Animal Rescue

This episode is for young audiences and is centred around the tradition of Chinese ghost stories which normally focus on filial piety (duty to your ancestors). In this particular creation, Gary has added a twist on that concept by using animal “ghosts” to question our duty to nature instead. 


Alarm:  environmental and wildlife conservation

Episodes:

Now Available:
TO LISTEN: click on a platform link at the top of the page. 
7: LOST SOUL ANIMAL RESCUE (audio-drama)


8:
LOST SOUL ANIMAL RESCUE Conversation
with Elfina Luk, and Tracy Pierce

9: LOST SOUL ANIMAL RESCUE Conversation
with Gary Mok, Karen Lam and Dr. Alison Bailey


Artistic Team + Guests

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