Digital Meets Theatre: Next stage of Trumpet adaptation

Vanitas Arts, Diva Creative, the University of Bradford and Sheffield Hallam University

Diva Creative is a Sheffield-based agency that’s passionate about using marketing and digital communication to change lives and working with clients to make a real difference in society.

Drawing on the creative digital skills of Diva, and building its repertoire of capabilities and clients, this project contributes R&D resource to an ongoing immersive digital performance with inclusion at its core.

In collaboration between Vanitas Arts, an emerging performing arts company, and Director Amanda Huxtable, based on the book by Jackie Kay, Trumpet combines digital art with theatre, music, dance and poetry. It challenges black cultural stereotypes in Yorkshire.

Trumpet tells the story of jazz musician Joss Moody who, upon death, is discovered to have been raised female. Exploring grief, loss, love, identity, sexuality and family this is one of the most important outreach projects to a marginalised arts audience.

The R&D tested projection mapping of the digital and media assets using second screen, including inviting audience to upload live content. It benefited  from and extended the project team’s current research and capability around technology used to address inclusion and representation in live performance.