A wall of many openings, where arms reach, eyes peer, or mouths whisper. By approaching this surface, audience members lean in to the touch of fingertips, gently spoken words, and the gaze of a stranger’s eye.

Sense of a Stranger is a participatory performance installation that offers a held space for members of the public to be courageous, to share a small moment of touch with a stranger, a moment of vulnerability, to hear another person’s story whispered in their ear, to remind each other of our humanity.




Olivia is an actor and artist working out of Auckland, New Zealand. She graduated from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School in 2015 and received the Museum Hotel Scholarship. She also spent two years training with Long Cloud Youth Theatre company under the direction of Willem Wassenaar and Aaron Cortesi, with a focus on devised theatre and immersive promenade performance.

Poppy Serano is an emerging performance designer and recent graduate of Toi Whakaari: New Zealand drama school. Working on projects spanning live art, music videos, dance, films and most recently theatre. Within 3 years Poppy has been worked with companies such as Red Leap Theatre, Touch Compass, Atamira Dance Company and Barbarian Productions.


Poppy is a 2016 recipient of Wellington Theatre Award for Set Designer of the year. She has been strongly supported through artistic mentorship from Jo Randerson and design mentorship from local designers such as Elizabeth Whiting, John Verryt, Andrew Foster and Stephen Bain. Passionate about live experiences, Poppy is most interested in projects that allow her to play, and experiment to build immediate engaging experiences for audience.

Supported by Wellington City Council Public Art Fund

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