Flood: Combining XR technologies with immersive storytelling

Project partners: Megaverse, Stare at the Wall and the University of York

Sheffield-based digital experience agency Megaverse has secured funding from XR Stories for their upcoming project, Flood.

Megaverse is an internationally acclaimed creative studio who harness digital technologies to craft unique user-centric interactive experiences. The project is being co-produced with Paris-based extended-reality (XR) production studio, Stare at the Wall, with R&D support from the University of York.

Flood is an innovative XR adaptation of an original production by British playwright Rory Mullarkey. Engaging with themes of climate change, displacement and exclusionary politics, the project is influenced by Greek mythology and biblical texts. In this context, Flood will be contemporarised through technology, spoken word and progressive cultural ideas.

Live actors will drive the narrative through the use of motion capture technology. Made up of four distinct chapters, the audience will navigate through the treacherous world of Flood, overcoming challenges of courage, morality and tests of cooperation and faith.

The R&D project will focus on live interaction between the audience and actors and how they communicate verbally and physically with one another through tracking technology and live audio feeds. Flood will be highly participatory and the audience will be able to change elements of the story during key moments, such as freeing a beached boat by moving cargo which is digitally mapped to lightweight physical props.

The project will enable the Megaverse team to develop a working prototype that could be turned into a full production in the future.

This project was funded through the Open XR funding call.

Categories: Arts, Technology