Means of Production by Joe Strickland and Rebecca Saw
You have been invited into the secretive world of a smartphone production facility to assess an incident that has taken place on the factory floor. The company is very clear that they don't want this sort of thing to happen again, but after watching some covertly recorded footage of the incident, will you agree with them?
Means of Production has been written based on research into the conditions in a number of smartphone factories around the world and blurs the line between digital theatre and found footage. It asks questions about corporate behemoths, global supply chains, and the murky ethics behind the 21st century's need for new technology.
24, 23, 22 by Douglas Deans
Available February 26th, 19:00
A gig-theatre production about the impact people have on each other and what happens when you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, told through a variety of social media platforms.
One character moves forwards, through a seemingly normal day that takes a sudden twist, while another moves backwards, away from a life changing incident.
Each character is played by two performers, with the audience being able to choose which performers perform the story for them, similar to the character selection function in some video games.
Hairy Hands FM by Joe Strickland and Hannah Parsons
Launching March 26th
We're very excited to present our BBC New Creatives commission, in association with BBC Arts and Calling the Shots.
Hairy Hands FM is an interactive, immersive audio experience designed to transform your home into something exciting and unfamiliar. Requiring just a smartphone and a pair of headphones, prepare to hide and be chased by the Dartmoor legend of the Hairy Hands with only a radio host for guidance.
by Megan Gates, Charlotte Holder, Ruth Mestle, Harry Smith, and Sophie Whitebrook
Available March 29th, 19:00
"This restaurant is now a Tex-Mex place.
Food fine but owner not as polite as the previous (I wonder what happened to him?)"
Flavour Text is the term used to describe the environmental storytelling that gives an audience extra insight into a fictional world. The written equivalent of a found footage film, Flavour Text is an internet wide, narrative treasure hunt.
You find yourself looking for the number for your favourite takeaway online, when you realise that the restaurant has closed down suddenly. While looking for the reason, the audience falls into a rabbit hole of lies and deceit that they discover through review and comment sections across a variety of websites.
There's Something Among Us by Joe Strickland
Available April 26th, 19:00
"Hell is other people, even over Zoom"
Games have the ability to bring us together, but also to push us apart. For every fun evening over a game of Jenga there’s a family torn apart by Monopoly. With a rise in online games over lockdown, like the popular game Among Us, a friendship group being broken apart by a game can now happen remotely. Hooray!
In Among Us, a player(s) is assigned the role of The Imposter and has to try and secretly murder the other players without being caught. But what if, when each avatar in the game is killed off, either by the imposter or the other players, something more immediate and serious happens to that player in real life, something the other players aren’t made aware of until it’s too late.
There's Something Among Us tells a story through multiple video feeds of the opening of old wounds, the revelation of unspoken truths, and little colourful dudes killing each other on a space station.
Pull by Emily Holyoake
Postponed until further notice
Malt Cross, Nottingham
Directed by Joe Strickland
Dramaturgical support from Nat Henderson
Pull is a YA play exploring friendship, cycles of recovery, and trichotillomania.
Ash and Jaz have been best friends since they can remember, and Ash knows she can only trust Jaz to keep her secret – that ever since she was little, she’s pulled out her own hair. She doesn’t talk to anyone else about it, and she spends hours every day trying to cover it up. So when Ash’s trichotillomania is suddenly the talk of their school, she knows there’s only one person to blame.