Mixed reality coming to a theatre near you

Published: 12 May 2019
Reporter: David Upton

The theatre company that fuses live drama and digital technique, imitating the dog, is one of 20 teams selected to take part in this year’s CreativeXR programme.

Its recent production, Heart of Darkness, toured to 13 venues and will tour internationally next year.

This latest project will see the company use ‘mixed reality’ technology for the first time to enhance the audience experience. Europe After the Rain will be an immersive theatre production, telling a story of broken romance set against a backdrop of the last 50 years of European history.

Co-artistic director Simon Wainwright said, “we are thrilled to be selected as part of the Creative XR programme. It’s a great opportunity for us to test out some new technical approaches, supported by the brilliant team at Digital Catapult. We will be experimenting with mixed reality techniques that are often used in film, mixing real footage with a virtual environment, but we want to test out using similar techniques in real-time, for a theatre show. We expect the end result will be a mixed reality production for an audience to experience collectively.”