Reloaded Symposium
imagining the future of interactive, immersive and participatory performance

Forum Sessions: 17th, 18th, 19th July

*Update*

Applications are now closed for the funded positions, but a captioned version of the 

What is it?

Over three days The Lab Collective will host Reloaded, a free online symposium to engage in a collaborative dialogue that explores the challenges our industry faces in the wake of Covid - 19 and beyond. 

 

Each day within the symposium will be forum based and address a different topic that reflects a difficult aspect about emerging back into physical spaces, connecting with audiences and addressing the lack of diversity in our sector. 


 

Who is it for?

Reloaded is designed to engage with professionals working within immersive, interactive and participatory performance:
 

  • Producers 

  • Professional creative practitioners (including directors, facilitators and performers),

  • Behind the scenes workers (including designers, scenic makers, technicians, technical specialists and production and stage managers)

 

The sessions will explore topics from the perspectives of these roles, democratising the conversation, helping us understand the challenges production teams face as we move back into physical spaces and explore new roles in digital productions. 

Returning to Physical Spaces: 17th July 10am -1.30pm

In the Immersive, Interactive and participatory practices are uniquely challenged by the face to face and close proximity that our form demands.

 

From embracing digital practice to new H&S challenges and exploring the outdoors we will we will explore how our practices may adapt from a range perspectives, as lockdown restrictions lift and a new ‘normal’ emerges.  

Panelists

Suha Al-Khayyat

Suha trained in applied theatre at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD). She has been an Artistic Director at Little Fish Theatre since its creation in 2008, where she is a writer, director and facilitator. Her writing includes (Viralize, Jaded, Where The Lines are drawn, Captcha and Kiss & Tell). Much of her work is in the health sector, training doctors and health professionals with Simpatico roleplay, as well as working with young offenders and disadvantaged people throughout London.

 

Suha worked for a number of years as a project manager at The Lyric Hammersmith with young people going through the criminal justice system. She is also a visiting lecturer in commissioning theatre in the health sector, safeguarding, working with vulnerable people and play writing at a number of universities including RCSSD and The London College of tropical medicine and hygiene. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of project management and delivery in the arts sector.

www.littlefishtheatre.co.uk

Amie Burns Walker

Amie is the creative director of Immersive Forty Elephants  and Associate Director of 'The Immersive Great Gatsby' having directed the most recent London Runs, Korean production and UK touring production. 

 

Previous directing credits include ‘Dr Strangelove’ for Secret Cinema. Future credits include ‘The Gate’ for Harrogate Theatre and ‘Forty Elephants’ a site specific immersive show due for production 2021. Assisting credits include ‘Henry V’ Chester Storyhouse and ‘Vespertillio’ Vault Festival. Follow me @amieburnswalker

 

https://www.amieburnswalker.com


Kat heath

Kat Heath is a theatre maker and set and costume designer for theatre, music, opera and dance, drawn to unconventional and innovative forms of telling diverse stories.  She has recently worked with Punchdrunk, Frozen Light, Rambert, Rift and Silent Opera.

  

Collaboration, play and experimentation are at the heart of Kat’s work, entwining design with narrative from the start of the process.  She is drawn to immersive and site-responsive projects, and exploring how sensory design can make theatre more accessible to audiences with different needs and disabilities.

 

www.KatHeath.com


REACHING AUDIENCES: 18th July 10am -1.30pm

The future of live performance rests on our ability to listen, respond to and connect with audiences, ensuring they feel safe and able to participate in work that needs to be in physical spaces, as well as exploring how audiences are engaging with digital content. 

 

This forum will enable participants to connect with audiences live, open up dialogue and ask questions and have time to reflect with each other on how practice might be developed by the needs of our audiences.

This session will be facilitated by members of The Lab Collective.

INCLUSIVE PRACTicE : 19th July 10am -1.30pm

This forum is focused on how the industry can undertake actionable change to create a more diverse and inclusive present and future.  Now more than ever we need to be challenged and mobilised to ensure that our work is representative of our society. 

Panelists

Kamari Romeo

Kamari Roméo graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2019 with a distinction in Producing. He is a multi-disciplinary artist with interests in Psychology, Immersive Entertainment & Applied Community Arts. Kamari’s work encourages audiences to be less passive and more engaged, awakening the audience’s own social responsibility through art that pollinates conversation. His social enterprise Humblebee Creative was founded in May 2019.

www.humblebeecreativeltd.com


Dani Moseley

 

Dani Moseley has been working professionally in the creative industry for over a decade. She is an Actress (BBC, ITV, SKY), Model (MAC Comestics, Bespoke Binny), Facilitator, Voice Over artist (BBC, Deja vu FM) and an award-winning Writer (The Forty Elephants, 15 Scenes About Love). She has recently created two production companies 'Creative Bunny' Ltd which produces her 'behind the camera' work and E1TM 'Each One Teach Many' C.I.C that produce work to benefit the community, raising awareness on social based issues. 

 

E1TM are currently producing three short films on Racial Profiling, Domestic Violence and Joint Enterprise

Leon Wander

Leon Wander has worked in the industry for over 15 years. Ranging from Radio, TV, Theatre  and film as an actor, dancer, writer and deviser. In the last 10 years he has also been heavily involved in facilitation work running workshops within schools, PRUs, Colleges and high profile Corporations, working on issues such as Unconscious Bias within the workplace, Homophobia and domestic violence, really tapping into using drama and Immersive techniques as a way of teaching young people and adults alike.


Nick Llewellyn

Nick is founder and Artistic Director of learning disabled and autistic theatre company Access All Areas ('The power to change theatre' The Guardian).  Access All Areas makes disruptive performance by learning disabled and autistic artists. Our immersive performance events create intimate moments of interaction between performers and public, occupying unexpected spaces in venues, on the streets, and in public buildings.

 

Nick has directed numerous professional productions to include 'The Misfit Analysis' with autistic artist Cian Binchy ('Quirky, informative and funny' New York Times) and immersive performances such as MADHOUSE re:exit (One of the most important pieces of theatre I have seen in recent years' London theatre1) and most recently the mixed live/ virtual reality performance, ‘unReal City, a collaboration with dreamthinkspeak at Battersea Arts Centre. 

www.accessallareastheatre.org


Suha Al-Khayyat

Suha trained in applied theatre at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD). She has been an Artistic Director at Little Fish Theatre since its creation in 2008, where she is a writer, director and facilitator. Her writing includes (Viralize, Jaded, Where The Lines are drawn, Captcha and Kiss & Tell). Much of her work is in the health sector, training doctors and health professionals with Simpatico roleplay, as well as working with young offenders and disadvantaged people throughout London.

 

Suha worked for a number of years as a project manager at The Lyric Hammersmith with young people going through the criminal justice system. She is also a visiting lecturer in commissioning theatre in the health sector, safeguarding, working with vulnerable people and play writing at a number of universities including RCSSD and The London College of tropical medicine and hygiene. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of project management and delivery in the arts sector.

www.littlefishtheatre.co.uk

FAQ's

I’m not sure I’m the right fit for the symposium - who can book a place?

  • We are seeking to engage with people who have professional experience in the fields of interactive, immersive or participatory performance. You might have had more than one type role in different productions - this is fine!  We recognise that you may have many hats! 

 

What will the forums be like?

  • The forums will be comprised of connecting with each other, discussions, breakout groups and knowledge sharing.  Some sessions will be hosted and facilitated by practitioners that are specialists in their field - we will be announcing shortly! 

 

If I don’t get a funded place, can I still come?

  • If we’re unable to offer you a funded place, you’re more than welcome to book a free place if there are available tickets

 

Is the symposium accessible?

 

Do I have to come to all three sessions?

  • In an ideal world we would have a cohort of participants that move through all three forums, but at the moment, the world is most definitely less than ideal! We want to make sure that the forums are as accessible and inclusive as possible, so you can come to how ever many you are able to.  

 

What technology do I need to have?

  • The symposium will be hosted on Zoom, we will be in touch closer to the time with further details.

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