About the production
This work-in-progress production was first staged at Battersea Arts Centre in March 2020. The run was, ironically, cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, forcing us all to live online.
unReal City returns for a new run at Brighton Dome, in 2022.
unReal City is a virtual reality experience for two audience members at a time
Blending live performance by learning disabled artists with virtual and mixed reality, unReal City explores what personal connection means in a world that is increasingly digital.
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As we stand on the verge of a new Metaverse, unReal City asks vital questions about how we relate to each other in our increasingly virtual world: Is it easier or better to connect in the flesh, or as an online avatar? Are connections stronger and more real in person, or can the digital world be a gateway to meet others and re-invent a new version of ourselves?
The performance you will see is the development of a new work in a collaboration between two of the UK’s most exciting performing arts companies.
Developed by Access All Areas and dreamthinkspeak
Supported and presented by Brighton Dome.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and The Foyle Foundation.
Originally commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre.
Developed with Battersea Arts Centre and supported by the National Theatre Immersive Storytelling Studio.
Images by Stephen Allwright 2020 and Chloe Hashemi 2022