Immersive theatre is a slippery beast, a serious sea-monster for a dramaturg to wrangle. To stick with the sea: if a traditional staged play is a trip to the aquarium, immersive theatre is more like snorkelling. You can watch interactions from afar, choose how close you get to the wildlife (absolutely no sharks, we promise!), stay on the surface or dive a little deeper if you see a fish you want to follow. But no matter what route you choose, you’re there in the water. There’s no glass between the audience and the action.Read More
I woke up feeling pretty spectacularly awful. Radio 4 never helps.
Top news story: Mid-term election in the US went exactly as expected for anyone who knows about our politics: incumbent president's party is hammered, most people don't bother their arses to vote, ghastly amounts of money are thrown around by corporations and nefarious neocons. Joyful, really.Read More
Last month, I was invited to speak at a “Meet the Industry” event for performing arts students at Southeastern Regional College. I thought this was hilarious for a couple of reasons:
- I’m really just a prose writer who’s been masquerading as a lit-manager/dramaturg for the past three years (don’t tell Richard)
- “Industry” seems to imply “mechanical precision”, “conveyor-belt manufacturing processes” and “money” – things neither I nor this industry have a lot of.