May 25, 2021

As the Covid-19 lockdown continued, existing Audience of the Future Challenge award-holders launched their projects, to work within the limits presented by lockdown. 

The second part of this video series reveals how these projects survived and thrived, to launch new experiences that had been adapted to changing audience behaviours in the face of Covid-19.

In part two of this three part video diary series, Oriana Neidecker (Real-Time Producer) at Marshmallow Laser Feast and Julia Walter (Project Manager) at the Royal Shakespeare Company, share how the project launched during lockdown.

LIVE PERFORMANCE: A Live, Online Performance Set in a Virtual Midsummer Forest

Inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dream used motion capture as the culmination of a major piece of cutting-edge research and development to explore how audiences could experience live performance in the future, in addition to a regular visit to a performance venue, combining theatre, music and groundbreaking technology.

The Dream performance ran from 12 – 20 March 2021. A cooperation of the Royal Shakespeare Company with the Manchester International Festival, Marshmallow Laser Feast and Philharmonia Orchestra, it is one of four Audience of the Future Demonstrator projects.

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In part one of the Dream video series, the project team revealed how they found new ways to work, adjusting their projects to plan new experiences that worked in a Covid world. 

In the first edition of the series, we heard how the creators behind the projects originally due to launch through the pandemic, pivoted amidst the extreme limits presented by lockdown.

This video diary is part of a project consisting of 3 part visual diary filmed and recorded with each of the four Audience of the Future demonstrators (funded by UK Research and Innovation), to document their journeys in meeting the new challenges brought about by the impact of Covid19.

All of the demonstrator project teams were asked to record their progress as ‘video diaries’ to comply with Covid 19 restrictions. 

All video diaries in this series can be seen in The Covid Diaries playlist on YouTube and to stay up to date on the latest from each project – sign up to the Audience of the Future newsletter.