|Project Lead||Klaus Kruse/Ciaran Clarke|
|Start Date||September 2020|
|Programme Alignment||Pedagogy Futures|
This research project looked at creating a prototype for an adaptable and interactive virtual theatre space where actors and audience can meet.
Varyon VR enables users to construct and animate immersive theatrical sets without having to be able to program or code. The theatrical set consists of 16 interconnected panels that surround the audience. Each of the panels functions as a video screen that can either playback pre-recorded footage or live stream video.
Primary audiences experience the virtual space by wearing VR headsets and secondary audiences are also able to view the event via a live stream.
Varyon VR allows audiences and performers to interact and communicate directly with one another in real-time via the live streaming function. Users operate the application using phone cameras or computer webcams, ensuring that the tool has wide accessibility.
This application can be used to stage and rehearse performances remotely and is geared towards usage in both professional and educational contexts.
The Varyon VR project team includes:
- Klaus Kruse - Direction and design production and app development
- Ciaran Clarke - Technical direction design production and app development
- Stephen Banbury - VR development production and app development
- Mark Laville - Executive producer, Not Near Enough production
- Hannah Wood - Dramaturgy, Not Near Enough production
- Verity Standen - Vocal direction, Not Near Enough production
Varyon VR is being supported by Living Structures, StoryFutures Academy and the South West Creative Technology Network.
This project has been supported by grant funding from the following funding bodies:
Total value £19,000
Outcomes & outputs
Varyon VR was presented at the National Student Drama Festival 2021. The project team, along with Gwirvos Theatre and students from Falmouth University, premiered the theatre show Not Near Enough which was devised to showcase the immersive digital theatre installation.
Impact & recognition
Although the project is still in its early stages, Varyon VR aims to offer new technologies for theatre performers and audiences to interact with one another. Varyon VR is designed to also offer new and innovative methods for productions to be staged and rehearsed remotely.
The project has offered Falmouth University students the opportunity to design software and gain experience in staging shows using innovative VR technology. Varyon VR has also influenced module delivery at Falmouth University, with the software being employed as part of the Immersive and Interactive Theatre module.
Public media for Varyon VR includes: