The Break Room is new pop-up giving stressed Melburnians a room and a baseball bat so they can go to town on a variety of fragile items.
“It’s a healthy reaction we’ve all had: you get a bit frustrated and you feel like throwing something at the wall,” says creator Ed Hunter. “I thought, why not give into that in a safe environment?”
After recently wrapping up a successful six-week residency out the back of Brunswick’s Kines cafe, The Break Room is relocating to a bigger space on Budd Street in Collingwood. It will open on April 8. “With a new space comes new opportunities,” says Hunter, who has been trawling Gumtree, eBay and hard rubbish for new and exciting things to destroy at Break Room 2.0.
For $50 per person you can show a room full of inanimate breakable objects who’s boss. Go with a group and you’ll get a better deal. There’s no set time limit, but the session tends to come to an end naturally once the six plates, six wine glasses, six cups and single carafe are sufficiently destroyed – Hunter estimates around five to 10 minutes to get the job done.
“I’ve had anniversaries, dates, birthdays – lots of people come in together to break things, it’s really nice,” says Hunter. “I encourage people to get creative – stack things on things, build towers out of wine glasses – really let loose.”
Nineteen breakable items per person creates a lot of porcelain and glass waste. Hunter ensures us that all the collateral is appropriately recycled.