meet the makers 17th July 10am - 1.30pm

Love immersive performance? Are you excited for what the future might hold? Then come and meet the makers and have your say!

We’re looking for audiences who love immersive performance to join us and discuss how you feel about returning to live performance spaces, the measures you would us to see put in place to keep you safe and the digital experiences you’ve loved during lockdown, with the people who make it all happen. What does the new normal look like to you?


We are interested in what you have to say in response to the return of Immersive and Interactive performance as lockdown lifts and performances and events look to reopen. 


You will join Directors, Producers, Performers, Designers and Stage Managers and together we will explore the future of immersive and interactive performance.


This session is part of The Lab Collectives Reloaded Symposium which explores what the future of immersive and interactive performance looks like, post covid-19.


This session has been funded by Arts Council UK and will be facilitated digitally on Zoom and is free to join.


Reloaded Symposium: 17th, 18th, 19th July

Over three days The Lab Collective will host 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?

Reload 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, helping us understand the challenges production teams face as we move back into physical spaces, and explore new roles in digital productions. 

Online Workshops: 23rd and 30th JUNE 10am - 1.30pm

Interactive and Immersive performance is facing unique challenges during the current Covid-19 Crisis. As a form that thrives on close contact with audience members and adventures in unique spaces, generating meaningful experiences and performative interactive content on digital platforms can be confusing and time consuming.


As part of a grant from Arts Council England, we have developed two new online workshops for theatre makers who are interested in creating interactive and immersive performance in both physical and digital contexts.  


The sessions will be booked on a pay-what-you-can basis - you can find out more about about the sessions and book here

Vector: Postponed until 2021

A new virus is ravaging the planet, infecting animals and humans at a worrying rate; we welcome you to BioCore, a medical research facility tasked with managing this crisis and finding an immunisation to protect our planet.  


Working as part of a team and against rival labs, you will be guided by our Artificial Intelligence System to decide the most effective and ethical way forward, but time is short and lives are on the line...


Vector is an interactive experience, which uses elements of performance, game and integrated technology to open up dialogue and shed light on the ethics that society faces when using animals as part of medical research.


Vector is a public engagement project that has been created by interactive and immersive performance makers The Lab Collective, in partnership with the Animal Research Nexus, an interdisciplinary research group that seeks deliver new thinking, research, and engagement that explores the social, cultural and ethical relations around animal research.  


Vector is funded by the Wellcome Trust, and generously supported by Mixed Reality Platform, Conducttr.  Conducttr crisis simulation software powers engaging exercises for the world's leading organisations from Vodafone to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Training with Conducttr reduces costs, saves time, save lives and saves reputations. https://www.conducttr.com 

Directed by Joseph Thorpe and Natalie Scott

Writing: Natalie Scott

Performed by Amy Fleming

Roots, interactive workshops: Postponed

We are hugely excited to present our new programme of workshops, Roots. These sessions are an introduction to creating interactive and immersive performance for theatre makers, directors and performers who want to develop new skills, and understand the creation process of this unique form, starting from the ground up.  


These sessions will take place on a monthly basis, and culminate in our workshop weekender; you can come to all of the workshops, or just one - and we offer a range of pricing options to suit you.  

Included in your bookings will be access to a resource pack designed for your session and inclusion in a participant mailing list which will include industry specific opportunities and news!


For detailed information and prices visit our workshop page here.  We've released two subsidised places for our full weekender, making the sessions accessible for practitioners new to making interactive and immersive performance.  For more information and to apply, please follow the link below and fill in the short form:


Incoming Exodus: tbc

A new society is coming; plagued by the suspicion of strangers, a system has evolved to meet the demands of an angry and fearful population. Incoming/Exodus is an interactive, immersive experience which challenges attitudes towards immigration, with your voice centre stage.

You have been called upon to undertake a new form of civic duty, becoming immigration officers on behalf of a crumbling government. Working collaboratively with your fellow citizens, you must complete your assignment to make or break the new order.

In a post-Brexit, post-UK, post-London world, Incoming/Exodus invites the audience to consider and re-imagine the fundamental building blocks of our society. Using interactive performance and elements of gameplay we ask our audience to participate in and question the decision-making process of those in power, whilst daring to imagine a different future.

Supported by CPT and Barbican Open Labs.



Performed by Matthew Flacks and Amelia Vernede

Directed by Joseph Thorpe and Natalie Scott 

Writing: Natalie Scott

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