A hugely ambitious new production from curious directive, Frogman, will come to Hull later this year as the finale of a nationwide tour.
This multi-sensory coming of age thriller, told through live theatre and 360° film in Virtual Reality, is a co-production from theatre makers curious directive, Hull UK City of Culture 2017, The Deep and The Old Market, in association with Brisbane Powerhouse and with guidance from The Great Barrier Reef Foundation.
Fusing live theatre with Mixed Reality and immersive film techniques, Frogman blurs the lines between reality and fiction, the physical and the virtual. It will be performed to an audience of 30, who will each be given a VR headset to experience new ways into storytelling in a theatre environment.
Directed by artistic director and founder of curious directive Jack Lowe, the show has been three years in the making. Lowe has worked alongside specialists in marine biology from Hull’s Deep Aquarium, coral reef scientist Jamie Craggs (Horniman Museum), Sebastian Hennige (Heriot-Watt) and creative technologist Ed Greig (Deloitte Digital) to develop the show.
The creation of Frogman has included underwater film shoots in Australia and Indonesia, and was made in close collaboration with schools from Hull and Backbone Youth Arts, Brisbane, a leading Australian experimental youth theatre. Together they have created the show, exploring themes of childhood, parenthood and the impending coral reef bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef.
Featuring one actor on stage with over 30 actors involved in the making, Jack has assembled an exceptional team including Linbury Prize Finalist designer Camilla Clark and Tony award-winning sound designer Peter Malkin (The Encounter).
Founded in 2008, Norwich-based company curious directive is widely recognised for risk taking and genre-pushing theatre. The company are double Fringe First winners and their previous work includes Pioneer, The Kindness of Strangers, After the Rainfall, Olfactory, Binary, Exoplanets and Your Last Breath.
Frogman tour dates
4-27 Aug 2017
Traverse Theatre (CodeBase) Edinburgh
19-23 Sept 2017
Theatre Royal Plymouth
27-29 Sept 2017
2-6 Oct 207
7-11 Oct 2017
The Egg, Bath
16-19 Oct 2017
Warwick Arts Centre
22-29 Oct 2017
Norwich Arts Centre
1-11 Nov 2017
Hull UK City of Culture 2017 – venue to be announced