SANDBOX: Immersive Worlds and Playable Spaces

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A symposium exploring what it means to create immersive worlds with leading specialists from across a wide range of industries

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Immersive is an enigmatic and alluring concept. Theatre-makers and architects, escape room creators, interior designers, event managers, cultural institutions and brands, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, even retail spaces, all have co-opted the seemingly ubiquitous idea of immersion.

But what does it mean to create an immersive world? How can I get beneath the buzzword and harness the power of ‘immersive’?

Through a range of panel discussions, workshops and talks from the UK’s leading immersive specialists, SANDBOX offers answers to this diverse, pan-industry question. By introducing key concepts, sparking interdisciplinary dialogue, and providing opportunities for networking, SANDBOX aims to inspire thinking around designing immersive worlds, interactive experiences and playable spaces.

Catering for all levels, from experienced immersive artists to curious novices and students, this symposium will delve into the possibilities of the form, covering everything from immersive philosophy and ethics to practical space-design considerations and cutting-edge interactive techniques. Sessions will use real life examples and industry-insider information, offering an overview of the history of immersive and a sneak-peak at what’s coming next.

Tickets can be purchased for both or individual days.

SYMPOSIUM PROGRAMME

NOTE: Attendance is guaranteed to a minimum of three sessions per day due to scheduling and capacity limitations.

SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER

Keynote: Colin Nightingale, Punchdrunk International

Session A: Festivals and Spectacles: Stories at Scale

  • Martin Coat and Mair Morel, Boomtown Fair
  • Kristoffer Hubball, Associate Artist at Corn Exchange Newbury & 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space

Lunch (provided)

Session B: Making Immersive Spaces Work For You

  • Daphna Attias, Dante or Die
  • Dan Ball, Freelance Producer, The Department
  • Tim McQuillen-Wright, Designer, Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds Immersive Experience; Secret Cinema’s Moulin Rouge

Session C: Heritage sites: Immersive as a Gateway to History

  • Katherine McAlpine, Imperial War Museum
  • Adam Sibbald, Historic Royal Palaces
  • Toby Peach, Coney

Session D: Perfect Pitch: Approaching Heritage Sites with Immersive Ideas (Workshop)

  • Adam Sibbald, Historic Royal Palaces

Session E: From Immersive Newbies to Obsessive Fans: Catering for Diverse Immersive Audiences

  • Davy Berryman, Gingerline
  • Sheena Patel, Co-Creator of Time Run and Producer of Sherlock: The Game is Now
  • Gareth White, Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Becky Brown, SPECIFIQ

Networking Drinks

SUNDAY 29 SEPTEMBER

Keynote: Jorge Lopes Ramos, ZU-UK

Session A: Immersive: From Planning to Profitability

  • Brian Hook, Hartshorn and Hook, The Great Gatsby, Wolf of Wall Street
  • Amy Strike, Fire Hazard
  • Becky Brown, SPECIFIQ

Session B: ZU-UK's practice (Workshop)

  • Persis-Jadé Maravala, Co-Artistic Director, ZU-UK

Lunch (provided)

Session C: Immersive World Building: Thinking about Space as a Designer

  • Meg Cunningham, Freelance Designer, AMC’s The Walking Dead Walk-Through Attraction, Warner Bro’s Theme Park, Abu Dhabi
  • Katharine Heath, Freelance Designer, Punchdrunk Enrichment, Frozen Light

Session D: Creating Space for Play with Coney (Workshop)

  • Michelle McMahon, Associate Artist, Coney and Co-Director, How to Save the World

Session E: Digital and Storytelling: What's Next?

  • Ben Mason, The Tom Sawyer Effect
  • Jane Gauntlett, Writer/Director/Producer, In My Shoes
  • Oliver Kibblewhite, REWIND
  • Sophia Romualdo, Fire Hazard

Session F: Live Directing: Making a Satisfying Story that is Dynamically Reactive (Workshop)

  • Owen Kingston, Parabolic Theatre

Networking Drinks

DETAILS & VENUE

Date & Time: 28 & 29 September, 10:00am-6:00pm

Each day will include a keynote, three workshop sessions and an evening networking event.

Location: Potemkin Theatre, Brunswick & Columbia Wharf, 55 Laburnum St, London E2 8BD

Hosted by: The Gunpowder Plot, a network for the immersive and interactive industries and SPECIFIQ, a London-based site-specific and immersive theatre company founded in 2011 to tell format-defying stories in unique, memorable ways.

Tickets: Industry Weekend Pass: £110 + booking fee (Student Concession: £60 + booking fee); Industry Day Pass: £60 + booking fee (Student Concession: £35 + booking fee). Tea & coffee, lunch and wine included.

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Potemkin Theatre

55 Laburnum Street

London

E2 8BD

United Kingdom

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Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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