Black Tonic: Interactive theatre meets mini-break as you play detective in the bedrooms and corridors of a real hotel.

In this Lunchtime Talk, Artistic Director of The Other Way Works and Studio resident Katie Day will take us behind the polished hotel exterior and spill the beans on what its like to create and produce an interactive theatre production in an operational hotel.

First created and presented in 2008, Black Tonic returns in 2015 in a newer and shinier version, and is being presented in Bristol in partnership with Watershed and The Grand Hotel from the 29th September - 3rd October. (Tickets for the performances can be purchased here.

Katie has been collaborating with Watershed's Creative Technologist David Haylock to build a magical card table interface for the 2015 tour, and we'll discuss the research, design and implementation of this and other technologies employed in the production.

The Other Way Works creates playful theatre that immerses our audiences in the story.

“The Other Way Works is successfully exploring the possibilities of what theatre can and might be”
 Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

This Lunchtime Talk is part of Open Studio Friday, which takes place at the Studio every week.

Do you want to find out what is going on at the Pervasive Media Studio? Are you interested in meeting our residents, talking about a specific project or curious about pervasive media? Why not pack a sandwich and join us for one of our Lunchtime Talks and Open Studio Friday.

Lunchtime Talks are informal presentations by Studio residents and associates. They normally take place at 1pm on Friday, are free and open to everybody who’s interested in what we do.

After the Talk, we also invite you to stay with us for the afternoon to continue the conversation or work on your own projects. We provide chairs, tables, wireless and a great space. You bring what you need to work with (laptop/mobile). Our open afternoons close at 5pm.

Let us know if you’d like a tour of the space and we'll be happy to show you around just before the talk. Send an email to to book your place on a tour.