20 September - 01 October 2021

The International Playable Theatre Lab is a two-week digital residency offering artists in the UK, North Macedonia and Mexico the opportunity to explore the intersection of digital technology and interactive theatre making. We will bring together three theatre makers in North Macedonia and three in Mexico for a two-week online programme of exchange, training, mentoring and peer support, facilitated by playable theatre company Upstart Theatre. Each day of the residency, artists will take part in a half-day online workshop exploring a different approach to making theatre playable in the digital space, delivered by mentor artists who are expert in this approach. These workshops will include online role-playing, setting plays in Minecraft, building text adventures in Twine, creating a ‘digital body’ for a show, and creating an app-based theatre project.

Alongside these workshops, participating artists will be given several hours each day to work on a project of their own. Each artist will apply with a very early idea for a project in mind, which they will work on throughout the residency. In each workshop, the artists will be explore ways in which they might use that tool or approach to develop their project. At the end of the fortnight, the participating artists will share a scratch version of their project with their fellow participants and the mentor artists.

Applications for the lab will open in May 2021