Jarrod Duffy Is Not Dead is a devised work by the performance collective Applespiel. Jarrod Duffy was the ninth member of Applespiel, who studied with the group at the University of Wollongong. In October 2010, two weeks before performing an Honours show, he disappeared, leaving behind the furniture at his house and no explanation. Phone, email and Facebook all yielded no results.     Jarrod Duffy Is Not Dead is the story of that disappearance and Applespiel’s hunt to find their missing friend.    Created with support from:   Vitalstatistix's 'Adhocracy' program HotHouse's 'Month in the Country' residency program    First performed as a development with Merrigong Theatre Company in April 2016, as part of the 'Make it @ Merrigong' program.        Image by Jackson Davis
       
     
 Applespiel construct a (more or less) to scale model of your local area, out of coloured cardboard, paddepop sticks and pipe cleaners. Over several days through surveying the public, Applespiel identify potential eyesores, note down wild architectural fantasies and give serious thought to the color pink. The publics concerns and desires are instantly gratified by the altering of the scale model, creating a collaborative vision for the future of the neighbourhood through a constant evolution. At the end of the process, the result is a neighbourhood designed by locals and visitors expressing their concerns and desires. An ultimate neighbourhood. A Sexy New Neighbourhood.   Such miniaturisation is a perfect way to get people thinking about urban planning, spaces for living in or the relationship between geography and community  Matthew Clayfield, Realtime   Tiny Stadiums Festival, Sydney, February 2010 You Are Here, Canberra, March 2011 Festival of Unpopular Culture, Adelaide, October 2011 Verge Festival, USYD, October 2013 FUNPARK, Sydney Festival, January 2014  Created with support from Quarterbred and PACT Centre for Emerging Artists
       
     
 Over the past several years e-Sports, professional competitive video gaming, has become a global phenomenon. The game League of Legends is played by more than 60 million people per month, and more people watched the international final last year than streamed the Superbowl. The prize pool for DoTA2 in 2015 was over $US30 million. Traditional sports outlets including ESPN and television channels like South Africa’s SuperSport are recognising the growth of the industry and covering e-Sports to attract new audiences. At live events, thousands of people pack into stadium arenas to watch players, mostly male and often very young, play computer games. These events are a unique intersection of digital and physical culture, of internet individuality and communal spectacle.  Recognising the prestige of e-Sports (and a decline in Australian artsfunding), Applespiel will rebrand themselves as a wannabe professional League of Legends team. Echoing the narratives of sports films like Mighty Ducks and Rocky, an audience will follow Applespiel’s development as a team as they prepare to play against some of Sydney’s best e-athletes. Around live games and interviews Applespiel will curate a program of events to be part of e-Athlete, including panels, discussions and more theatrical responses to the rise of e-sports.  This project is currently in development.