Theatre Book - Macbeth

Lunchtime Talk: Theatre Book - Macbeth

Lunchtime Talks are a series of informal presentations at Watershed's Pervasive Media Studio. They normally take place at 13:00 on a Friday, are free and are open to everybody who is interested in what they do. Come along, bring a sandwich, and get to know more about the Studio community, current and up-coming projects, or residents' work.

This lunchtime talk is guest programmed by REACT Producer, Gabriel Gilson

Artists and Studio alumni Davy and Kristin McGuire will join us to share their process on developing the Theatre Book prototype:

'Theatre Book - Macbeth' is a prototype pop-up book that comes to life with miniature projection mapping. The book includes 6 pop-up pages designed like sets on a stage with actors projected onto the paper scenery. All technical equipment such a battery powered micro projectors, rasberry pi computers, loudspeakers and mirroring devices are integrated into the cover of the book in order to create a stand alone storytelling devise mixing the formats of books and theatre stages.The story is driven by the owner of the book who turns the pages and thus triggers video and sound to play out the scenes. For the prototype they have chosen to use the story of Macbeth which will be told through visuals and music/sound only.

Theatre Book is a development of The Icebook, the world‘s first projection mapped pop-up

Davy and Kristin will also be joined by project collaborators Karin Brown from the Shakespeare Institute, Matt Hayler from University of Birmingham and Sarah Ellis from Royal Shakespeare Company to share their insights on interpreting stories through digital technologies. The project has been supported with a REACT Prototype Award.

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