Based on William Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Royal Shakespeare Company is all set to showcase their own live virtual reality version, called ‘Dream’.
The play is set in a virtual forest wherein the actors will use motion sensors fitted on them to interact with the environment and the audience. It was initially planned to be hosted as a live performance but the creators had to innovate due to the limitations caused by the pandemic. Therefore, gaming technology will now be used to bring their creation to the audiences.
RSC Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, said, “An audience member sitting at home influencing the live performance from wherever they are – that’s exciting. It’s not a replacement to being in the space with the performers but it opens up new opportunities.”
“By bringing together specialists in on-stage live performance with that of gaming and music you see how much they have in common. For instance, the RSC’s deep understanding of scripted drama combined with Marshmallow Laser Feast’s innovation in creative tech brings thrilling results,” he added.
“The story is king, whether you are a gamer or an audience member. Stories haven’t changed, but the way we engage audiences with them has.”
The Manchester International Festival, art collective Marshmallow Laser Feast, and the Philharmonia Orchestra are collaborating for the production.
The first show has been set for 12th March. The tickets for the same go on sale on Monday ahead of the date.
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