Fire In The Bookshop will be a theatre show for one person at a time, that looks like an installation, that feels like reading a book. It’s the story of 3 outsider kids who discover books in a world where books aren’t supposed to matter any longer. It will use interactive technology to heighten the emotional and atmospheric experience of reading fiction, to create a modern interdisciplinary theatre experience, which doesn’t patronise the teenage audience it’s aimed at; where the fun and imagination of a Douglas Adams novel meets the visceral sensory intensity of an Alva Noto gig.
We’re in the very first stages of R&D at the moment, in residence at Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio. We’re interested in how interactive technology could be used to create a more personal experience of the story, that draws as much on the ‘feeling of reading’ as it does on the sensory prompts of theatre. We want it to feel alive and immediate, to place its audience at the centre of an atmospheric, sensory experience, and to feel personal as a storytelling experience – personal like reading a book, rather than personalised, like a first-person game. After all, you don’t have to be at the centre of a story to feel involved with it.
Developed in residence at Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio (Bristol, UK).