We've always wanted to see how our interactive artworks could be used in a theatrical setting and now we have the chance to find out. Thanks to support from Kent Couty Council Arts Investment Fund and a seed commission from Spare Tyre Theatre Company we will be working with local group Inspiration Inclusive Theatre this autumn.
We've met the group's leaders Zoe and Peter and have worked out a series of workshops with kids and adults using a simplified version of our MULTIPLE kinect driven program we're calling Upstage. We want the participants to guide us in designing their own interactive performance environments and then cue these into the program in much the same way that a theatre uses stage lighting presets. Our projection will create a live interactive back drop to the on stage drama. The challenge is to get as much variety and excitement out of the performances as possible; these will involve spoken word, dance, motion and poetry, kids running around and the multiple talents of the company. The workshop routines will be performed live on a special night celebrating 10 years of Inspirations at Theatre Royal Margate on September 30th 2017.
To get a flavour of Inspiration Inclusive Theatre you can attend a Midsummer Night's Chaos also at Theatre Royal Margate June 7th and 8th.