Take My Hand is a brief introduction to the diverse world of interactive and immersive theatre. Aimed at students from every theatrical discipline, we offer a range of practical workshops providing an overview of this increasingly popular sector of the theatre industry. With shows like The Drowned Man, You Me Bum Bum Train and The Crystal Maze Live Experience enjoying widespread coverage, and with the boundaries between play, experience and installation blurring, we introduce students to ideas and skillsets that few training programmes yet offer.
We invite recent graduates and student actors, technicians, stage managers, writers, directors and producers to sign up for an afternoon of participatory workshops run by immersive and interactive specialists: SPECIFIQ (The 'Neath, Mystery at the Museum), Lab Collective (The Candidate, Pinstripe Trilogy), differencEngine (The People's Revolt, HEIST) and more, to be announced shortly.
Generously hosted by the National Maritime Museum, who actively engage in non-traditional storytelling as part of their cultural offering. Part of Royal Museums Greenwich the National Maritime Museum is the world’s largest maritime museum with a vast collection that spans artworks, maps and charts, memorabilia and thousands of other objects.
*Every participant will get the opportunity to attend two workshops. Once you have registered for a ticket, you will receive an email to sign up for your preferred two workshops. Please bring your student ID for admission.
Alison is a designer for performance, working mainly in theatre. She creates visually-led theatrical adventures for curious audiences with her company Bread & Goose, and is particularly passionate about community and site based collaborative projects. Alison has worked with Shunt, Fuel, National Theatre Wales, and Gingerline, amongst others.
differencEngine are an Off West End nominated company specialising in immersive & interactive theatre. The company was co-founded by Jon Cooper & Andrew Somerville in 2014. Central to the company’s ethos is creating theatre that immerses a participant into a world where they are both protagonist & hero whilst exploring the boundaries of technology in performance. differenceEngine created HEIST which ran for nine months in central London and are currently producing The People's Revolt at the Tower of London.
The Lab Collective
Led by Natalie Scott and Joseph Thorpe, The Lab Collective creates live performance which transcends traditional forms to produce visceral experiences for the audience. Treading the line between theatre, installation and live art, they empower the audience to collaborate in the their performances. The Lab Collective regularly lead workshops at their south London venue, The Fly Pit at Stanley Halls as well as at Rose Bruford University and other universities.
SPECIFIQ is an interactive and immersive theatre company that creates site-specific experiences. Predominately their work takes place in heritage sites, museums and institutions, including the World Heritage Site in Durham, North London’s prestigious Harrow School, The Actors’ Church Covent Garden, and many more. SPECIFIQ's productions explore the specific history of places or buildings with stories to tell. Founded in 2011, SPECIFIQ has produced full-scale productions as well as numerous events, workshops and other entertainments. In 2016, SPECIFIQ created the after hours experience Mystery at the Museum with the National Maritime Museum.