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Take My Hand: An Introduction to Interactive and Immersive Theatre

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Back by popular demand, Take My Hand: An Introduction to Interactive and Immersive Theatre, returns to the National Maritime Museum on Saturday 2 December.

Take My Hand offers an 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, stage managers, writers, directors and producers to sign up for an afternoon of participatory workshops run by immersive and interactive specialists: Dean Rodgers, Neil Connolly, Mel.Cook, SPECIFIQ and more. Find out more about the workshop leaders below.

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.




Participants will attend two 90-minute workshops of their choice. Once you have registered for a ticket, you will receive an email to sign up for your preferred two workshops.

Registration opens at 1:30pm, with workshops running throughout the afternoon until 5:45pm, with a networking session to end the day. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.




Workshop Leaders


Oscar Blustin

Oscar Blustin founded SPECIFIQ in 2011 and has directed immersive or site-specific theatre in sites across the UK, including The National Maritime Museum, Tower Bridge, Micklefield Hall, Alnwick Castle, The Actor’s Church in Covent Garden, The Vaults, Newton Park, Durham’s World Heritage Site, Harrow School and many more. He is committed to exploring new ways of writing for non-theatre spaces.

Oscar works as a director, writer and producer in the UK and US. In London he has directed or produced new writing at theatres including Hoxton Hall, The Finborough, the Leicester Square Theatre, Theatre503, the Courtyard Theatre, and the Old Red Lion. In the US, Oscar has directed shows in New York, Washington DC, and across Vermont and New Hampshire, as well as lecturing at schools and colleges up and down the east coast.

oscarblustin.com / @oscarblustin


Becky Brown

Becky is a creative producer and stage manager based in London. She has worked internationally in the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy. Becky specialises in developing calling systems for site-specific and interactive theatre. Previous roles include: Show Caller for The Crystal Maze Live Experience, General Manager for HEIST and Company Manager for The People’s Revolt and Battlefield Hardline: Live with differencEngine, Company Manager for The Owls Are Not What They Seem with Lemonade and Laughing Gas, and Show Caller for Resident Evil Live. She has also managed events such as Coffee Masters at London Coffee Fest, an immersive experience for the opening of a Harvey Nichols store and an ITV Launch. Becky has worked with Gideon Reeling, Bearded Kitten, Teatro Vivo and more.

With SPECIFIQ, Becky has created numerous events and entertainments including most recently Spaces to Create at the National Theatre, The ‘Neath at VAULT Festival 2017, Raising Suspicions at Tower Bridge Engine Rooms and Mystery at the Museum at the National Maritime Museum.

beckybrown.co.uk / @RBeckyBrown


Neil Connolly

Having been involved in some of the biggest interactive theatre shows of the last 4 years, Neil Connolly had specialised in audience interaction, improvisation and agency through the likes of DifferencEngine's HEIST, SPECIFIQ’s Mystery at the Museum and The Crystal Maze Live Experience. Recently Neil has been teaching interactive theatre at National Theatre and co-directed a show in the form for their youth programme, introducing a whole new generation of theatre makers to the genre.

Neil has been at the heart of this movement since 2010 when he joined Theatre Delicatessen and The Lab Collective as associate artist. Having freelanced for several companies for many years he now branched out to create solo work.

As well as making improvised interactive theatre, Neil is a performance artist, game designer and massive fan of John Le Carré.


Mel.Cook

Mel.Cook is an experiential theatre director who makes first-person narrative adventures for international audiences, including many transmedia, immersive, and site-specific events, as well as directing classics, new writing, and pervasive games around the world.

Graduate of Birkbeck’s MFA in Theatre Directing, and RADA’s Acting BA, Mel. has created work for a multitude of US and UK companies including Coney, Punchdrunk, Hide&Seek, and the NT Studio; festivals including Latitude, Glastonbury, Wilderness, and LIFT; corporations including Beefeater, Smirnoff, Nokia, and Harper Collins; and organisations including the Barbican, Science Museum, National Gallery, and V&A as well as several parks, fields, graveyards, and derelict buildings.


Dean Rodgers

Dean is one of the pioneers of immersive entertainment. His recent projects have been among London's biggest live gaming and immersive hits. Dean was co-creator of the immersive experience HEIST, and the game and experience designer for hit escape game Time Run. Most recently, Dean was the Creative Director of the live immersive revival of the cult 90’s game show The Crystal Maze in London.

At the core of his work is putting the audience at the centre of it, treating them as the player and hero. ​Dean believes modern audiences want to do, not watch. An ethos he brings to every project he works on. He is widely regarded as an expert in the audience experience and allowing them to play.

deanrodgers.com / @deanjrodgers


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