Engine Room One Day to Play: VR in partnership with the Envelope Room

One Day to Play is a paid opportunity for six artists to experiment across art-forms and to generate a brand new idea.

Six artists will be selected from across different art forms and will be matched into pairs, invited to share their practices and approaches to making work. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from designers, theatre-makers and artists with an interest in virtual reality. Facilitated and guided by Harry Wilson (National Theatre of Scotland’s Digital Thinker in Residence) over the course of one day the artists will work towards presenting ten minutes of a brand new idea as part of the Rep Stripped festival at Dundee Rep.

The opportunity has been designed to bring designers, theatre-makers and artists together to learn about virtual reality technology and using this is a prompt to come up with the seed of a brand new idea.

How it works

On the 22 April, the six artists will be brought together for an intro session led by Harry Wilson. They’ll be introduced as a group and Harry will lead a discussion around different approaches and techniques in working across art-forms with a specific focus on digital technologies and virtual reality. The group will then have a session allowing them to get to grips with some VR technology.

At lunchtime, the artists will be matched up and given some ‘conversation guidelines’ and sent off to get to know each other. After lunch, the pairs will begin working, using their experience of the VR workshop to spend the rest of the day together planning a brand new idea for a piece of performance or theatre – with access to rehearsal space at Dundee Rep. They’ll then reconvene in the afternoon of the 23 April, culminating in a ‘curtain raiser’ sharing of their idea as part of the Rep Stripped festival.

Selected artists will be paid a fee of £153.98 for their involvement, calculated at National Theatre of Scotland’s development rate. We can make a contribution towards travel costs for selected artists who are based more than 25 miles away.

Artists based in Dundee will be prioritised for this opportunity.

Proposed Schedule

Day 1 – 22nd April

10.00am – 11.30am – Session 1 –  The group will be introduced to Day to Play by Harry Wilson.  Harry will lead a discussion around different approaches and techniques in working across art-forms with a specific focus on digital technologies and virtual reality.

11.30 – 1.00pm – Session 2 – Abertay University will lead a practical workshop on VR technology.

1.00 – 2.00pm – Lunch (during which artists will be matched into pairs and given conversation guidelines and sent off to get to know one another)

2.00 – 6.00pm – Pairs will begin working, using their experience of the VR workshop to spend the rest of the day together planning a brand new idea for a piece of performance or theatre – with access to rehearsal space at Dundee Rep

Day 2 – 23rd April

2.00pm – 6.30pm  – Pairs continue working culminating in a curtain raiser performance (10mins each piece max)

6.30pm – 7.30pm – Curtain raiser sharing at Dundee Rep.

How to get involved

There is a short application process to apply for One Day to Play. Applications close on Monday 1st April and artists will be informed of the outcome of their application by the end of the day on Friday 5th April. One Day to Play is open to all artists and there is no experience level requirement.  Criteria for selection will be based on:

  • How excited the panel are by the artists’ articulation of their practice
  • Who is most likely to benefit from the opportunity

 


 

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This event is part of Engine Room: Diverging.

 

ABOUT ENGINE ROOM

Our Engine Room programme has our Theatre Without Walls ethos at its heart. We bring artists together to develop skills, networks and create new work at the greatest reach of their imaginations and ambitions.

From April to June Engine Room will focus on multiplicity, cross-pollination and divergence through the lenses of identity, thought and art-form, as part of Engine Room: Diverging.

Running Time:

Over two days

Accessible performances available:

  • Autism Friendly

  • Wheelchair Accessible