This programme ran in 2010 at the Pervasive Media Studio. For more projects like these please visit the Studio website.


Theatre Sandbox is an annual development scheme which supports practitioners from across the UK to develop new work using digital technologies.

In a rapidly shifting technological landscape, finding time and space to develop artistic projects that explore the potential of new technologies is difficult. Theatre Sandbox addresses this dilemma. It does not set out to establish or promote technology-obsessed performance, but instead enables and supports theatre-makers who wish to integrate new tools into their practice.

The Theatre Sandbox scheme extends the learning gained from running Media Sandbox and is iShed’s first national initiative. The six 2010 Commissions were selected by a team of leading theatre-makers and producers for their artistic merit, their approach and their openness to collaborative working.

In 2010, Theatre Sandbox was produced in collaboration with Bristol Old Vic, Soho Theatre, Lyric, Hammersmith, mac, Contact and The Junction. It is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.