Seminar | Digital + Participatory Experiences

Join us on Wednesday 23 March, 1 – 3.00pm for the latest in our series of online interactive seminars. For this one, we will be exploring participatory practices in a digital age – how to excite, and include from a distance.

The pandemic presented many new challenges to many organisations, and we had no choice to be responsive. In this seminar, we’ll learn from those whose practises evolved, and discovered innovative and exciting new ways to engage with audiences and participants – and we’ll hear how they managed to keep their values at the heart of their work.

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what will I gain?
• Insight into how practitioners have adapted for the digital world

• Understand the benefits of this work both for participants and for your organisations

• Explore how to successfully engage participants

• Learn from the different approaches that our speakers have taken in going digital

• Opportunity for you to discuss, and learn from peers, as to the successes and challenges of this type of work

who is this seminar for?
acta seminars are free and open to everyone.

However, this may be specifically relevant to you if you work in any of these fields:

• Theatre

• Artists and companies across all arts disciplines

• Students, academics and universities focussed on the arts, technologies and communities

• Gaming enthusiasts and professionals

• Those interested in the power of community and theatre

• AI, AR, VR enthusiasts and professionals


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guest speakers

Creation Theatre Company | Lucy Askew | Oxford, UK

Lucy Askew is Chief Executive of Oxford based Creation Theatre Company. Prior to the pandemic Creation were known for their inventive adaptations of classic texts in unusual locations in the UK with over half a million people having seen their work. At the start of the pandemic Creation rapidly pivoted to making digital work and within 3 weeks of the March 2020 lockdown opened their first “Zoom” production The Tempest to international critical claim. They have since become leaders in the emerging artform that is digital theatre. Creation were 2020 Oncomm Winners for “Alice: A virtual Themepark” and Lucy as listed in the Stage Top 100 for Creation’s work throughout the pandemic. They were funded by Innovate UK to continue to develop their Digital work creating a new platform for digital performance and employing a rep company of actors for six months specialising in Digital work.

BAGEL+BALLOON | Kai and Francine | London, UK

Partners Kai and Francine have combined their passions and professions to create BAGEL+BALLOON – a research and performance collective that explores the relationship between interactive technology, game design, live theatre and a participatory audience. In 2020 they created ‘Closer Ties’, a 3D model of a local London park where participants from anywhere in the world can explore, curate, build and share their connections to real world green spaces. Their current project, DIGIDMARA, is an intergalactic interactive digital dance marathon of the future! – bringing together physical theatre, object puppetry and game design. They also dabble and deep dive into spatial sound from time to time.

Neverthere and LAStheatre | Barra Collins | London, UK

Barra Collins is the Artistic Director of LAStheatre and a visiting director and writer at Bath Spa University. During the pandemic, he founded Neverthere in response to COVID-19 and the Climate and Ecological Emergency. Neverthere support artists to explore new technologies or skills that allow them to develop their creative practice in response to these challenges. Through LAStheatre, his focus is collaborating with communities to create work, for and with young people, that ignites imaginations and develops a vocabulary to start important conversations.


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important details
Date: Wednesday 23rd March
Time: 1pm – 3pm with a break
Networking: There will be opportunities to chat amongst attendees in breakout rooms.
Prior to the event, you will be sent the Zoom link via email, and information regarding joining the meeting. This seminar programme is part of acta’s Cornerstone project, funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Accessibility
This event will be live on Zoom, and we will enable closed captions.

If you have any specific access needs that you would like to discuss with us, please contact Rosa Martyn at [email protected] and we will work to support your requirements as best we can.


Book your place for Digital + Participatory Experiences seminar here.