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Beyond Screens – Playable Theatre in the UK
August 4, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT
Melanie Frances is a digital storyteller, a game designer and a creative
mathematician. She works between performance, literature and gaming to
build responsive, meaningful & dynamic interactive experiences. She creates artistic works that are playable; both live & digital interactive experiences that invite audience members to actively engage, construct their own route through an experience, & often, change what they see.
Mel is also the Co-Artistic Director of Produced Moon, with whom she makes
much of her artistic work.
Joe Ball is the AD of Exit Productions. A game based interactive theatre company. We have started Revolutions, decided fates with AI Love You, fixed boxing matches in Fight Night, sent colonists to Mars with The Mission and reached verdicts with Jury Duty.
Alongside the public work Joe has run R&D’s into how to make online interactive shows, directed at universities and consulted on many immersive experiences.
Jamie Harper trained as a theatre director at LAMDA and went on to win the JMK Directors’ Award and National Theatre Cohen Bursary. In 2013, he received a Churchill Trust Fellowship to research game design and drama at University of Miami. He has made several game/drama projects including The Lowland Clearances (Camden People’s Theatre), Nudge (Runner-up for Headlong Theatre’s 2016 Digital Artist Award), and several live action role-play works at Nordic Larp festivals. He recently completed a practice-led PhD in participatory performance at Newcastle University and currently works as Senior Research Fellow in Participatory Arts at De Montfort University.
IndieCade’s Twitch show exploring work that pushes the boundaries of, or comes entirely off the screen. Genres covered will include participatory theatre, alternate reality and live action roleplaying; escape rooms; Big Games; and alternative controllers. Each hour-long episode will feature an in-depth conversation with creators of these genre-defining games.
Airing noon Pacific on Wednesdays, weekly shows will be co-hosted by organizations and creators in monthly rotation as follows:
- First Wednesday – Playable Theatre – Hosted by the Playable Theatre Project
- Second Wednesday – Escape Rooms – Presented by Room Escape Artists
- Third Wednesday – Big Games – Presented by Come Out and Play
- Fourth Wednesday – Alternative Controllers – with Tatiana Vilela dos Santos and Alistair Aitcheson