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Alumni theatre company beats off competition to win pioneering commission

Posted on 05/07/2010

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Analogue, an award-winning company specialising in live performance led by Royal Holloway, University of London alumni Hannah Barker and Liam Jarvis, has been awarded a £10,000 commission after a successful pitch in a nationwide competition.

Analogue was established by artistic directors and Royal Holloway graduates Liam Jarvis and Hannah Barker in 2006. Liam has been working as a Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway since 2004, where he teaches Contemporary Theatre Practice.

The competition was launched earlier this year by Theatre Sandbox, a pioneering scheme designed to carve out a space for theatre makers to work with pervasive media technologies to develop new forms of immersive and interactive experience.

It is the first scheme of its kind in the UK in the theatre sector, and is part of Watershed, a cross art form organisation based in Bristol. Out of hundreds of applicants, only six projects were commissioned, and Analogue has been one of the lucky recipients with a project entitled ′Living Film Set′. This project is an exploration using 21st Century connectedness to explore disconnections between the present and semi-remembered events of childhood; the audience will help them to reconstruct, reinvent and re-imagine personal histories.

The performance will span across two locations that are 60 miles apart; The Junction Theatre in Cambridge, where the audience will be housed, and the site of Liam′s childhood home in Shepperton

Each of the six successful artists commissioned receives £10,000 to develop their groundbreaking projects at prestigious partner venues across the country ready for public events and testing in September. This will be followed by a final showcase event at Watershed, Bristol in November. Analogue will perform a showing of their research and development at their host venue The Junction, Cambridge on 29 September 2010.

Liam said: “This commission represents a very exciting and unique opportunity for us. Over the coming months, Analogue will be a crucial part of an active community of experimentation. Through our research as part of the Theatre Sandbox scheme, we will form new meaningful cross-form collaborations with experts in pervasive media technologies, and look forward to sharing our process, our research findings and the outcomes with an audience.”

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