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More non-linear narratives, museums & immersive theatre: Then She Fell

July 18th, 2013 · → 2 Just Had A Near-Life Experience

I’m just back from another immersive theatre instalment. This time I went with some friends to Then She Fell, a performance piece by Third Rail currently being staged in Williamsburg. Then She Fell invites audiences to “explore a dreamscape where every alcove, corner, and corridor has been transformed into lushly designed world. Inspired by the […]


Experiencing an immersive solo documentary – Door Into The Dark

April 19th, 2015 · → 1 Single-Serving Friend

There are some very interesting experiments going on in the documentary format right now and last week I got the chance to explore some of the latest at the Tribeca Film Festival. Door Into The Dark pitches itself as a ‘sensory documentary experience for one’ and is a wonderful mix of immersive theatre, spatial exploration, […]


On storyworlds, immersive media, narrative and museums – an interview with Mike Jones

October 2nd, 2012 · → 14 Just Had A Near-Life Experience

Back when I was working at the Powerhouse Museum, Mike Jones worked in the SoundHouse VectorLab (now called Thinkspace) teaching young people and adults, alike, how to tell stories with digital media. After a few years, Mike left to pursue a role at the Australian Film TV and Radio School (AFTRS), and a deep study […]

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On Sleep No More, magic and immersive storytelling

May 23rd, 2012 · → 23 Just Had A Near-Life Experience

If you’ve run into me in New York City since I moved here six months ago I’ve probably badgered you about Sleep No More. It was something I saw in my first weeks after moving here after two aborted attempts on previous trips to New York. Best described as an immersive theatrical experience, it has […]

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Since we last spoke. Rounding up 2015.

January 10th, 2016 · → 1 Single-Serving Friend

Each year these roundups seems to get later and later! This one is an amalgamation of various ‘unpublished posts’ and related adventures, so carefully pour yourself a flat white, and nestle comfortably. (Don’t forget to open all the links in a new browser tab . . .) 1. Prologue Three years ago I wrote an […]