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Lunchtime Talk

Fri 17 Jun 13:00-14:00 at Pervasive Media Studio

Emotional Engagement in Virtual and Mixed Reality

Director Sacha Wares shares some thoughts-in-progress about crafting emotional engagement in virtual and mixed reality.

A production image from the VR drama Adult Children.

Image Credit: production image from VR drama Adult Children


Sacha Wares

Sacha Wares is an award winning XR and theatre director. She is founder of Trial & Error Studio, innovation associate at English Touring Theatre, an associate artist at the Donmar Warehouse, and associate director at the National Theatre’s Immersive Storytelling Studio. Her theatre credits include Sucker Punch starring Daniel Kaluuya (Royal Court) and Jung Chang's Wild Swans (Young Vic, London; A.R.T., Boston). XR work includes Museum of Austerity (LFF, IDFA) and Adult Children (LFF).

Chaired by Mandy Rose, Professor in Documentary and Digital Cultures, UWE, this talk will be held in the building and online! Book your free ticket here.

Director Sacha Wares shares some thoughts-in-progress about crafting emotional engagement in virtual and mixed reality, with reference to two recent pieces: VR drama Adult Children (Donmar/ ETT/ScanLAB/ Trial & Error) and the mixed reality exhibition Museum of Austerity (ETT/NT/Trial & Error). 

Adult Children: Staged in a virtual replica of the Donmar Warehouse, this poignant virtual reality play examines the fragility of relationships in a time of social distance. Co-created by Ella Hickson, Sacha Wares and ScanLAB Projects. Produced by Donmar Warehouse with ETT, ScanLAB Projects and Trial & Error Studio

Museum of Austerity: Winner of IDFA DocLab Immersive Non-Fiction Award 2022, Museum of Austerity is a mixed reality exhibition that preserves the memory of disabled British benefit claimants who died between 2010-2020, inviting audiences to contemplate close up what happens when state safety nets fail. 

Co-created with John Pring, editor of Disability News Service. Produced by ETT, NT, Trial & Error Studio. Partners: All Seeing Eye, Dimension Studio

A production image from Museum of Austerity

Image Credit: A production image from Museum of Austerity. Photo©EllieKurttz; Digital Composition: Will Young

Join us online on YouTube Live, or in the building on Friday 17th June 2022 at 1pm for the talk and to take part in the discussion afterwards.

Watershed, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX

The Lunchtime talks take place in the Pervasive Media Studio Event Space. To access the Studio, please go to the Main Watershed Box Office entrance and go upstairs to the Café Bar (via the stairs or lift). Head across the cafe bar, turn right and go through the double doors. Go through into the corridor and go all the way down until you reach the Studio. A member of staff will sign you in, and check your ticket, if you have booked.

The Studio is wheelchair accessible, and the events space has a hearing loop. The last talk of every month is BSL interpreted. 

*Please note this is a hybrid event and will be live streamed so please be aware you will be in the live broadcast and recording when watching in the Studio.

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