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unReal City

A blue cityscape. Behind which is the large torso of a man in a sweatshirt

unReal City

An experimental collaboration between dreamthinkspeak and Access All Areas

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Dates and Venues

Brighton Dome
21 January - 5 February, 2022

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.

Discover your new home at our Virtual Reality showroom, with a private viewing of our fully accessible, hi-tech apartments. Opening soon in the latest Smart City district, our virtual apartments put the city at your doorstep.

Once immersed in our virtual-living world, you’ll meet other guests, connect with future residents, and explore the virtual city using the latest technology on the market.

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.

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Cast

Creatives & Crew

  • Director Tristan Sharps
  • Director Nick Llewellyn
  • Producer Patrick Collier
  • VR Directors
  • Piotr Nierobisz of Munching Square
  • Andy Baker of Ixxy
  • Sound Designer Gareth Fry
  • Video creator Umut Gunduz
  • Production Manager Dominic Seeber
  • Production Carpenters
  • Sam Stuart
  • Luke Stuart
  • Scenic Artists
  • Jack Siddall
  • Owain Gwyn
  • Company Stage Manager Cassie Harrison
  • Deputy Stage Manager Sammie Richards
  • Technical Manager Enrico Aurigemma
  • Audio Describer Di Langford
  • General Manager (dreamthinkspeak) Jennifer Rodrigues
  • Project Manager (dreamthinkspeak) Sarah Crompton-Howes
  • Access Managers
  • Elinor Keber
  • Sarah Saaed
  • Creative Support Workers / Supporting Cast
  • Kathryn Bond
  • Georgia Carnaby
  • Layla Hignell-Tully
  • Hayley Hill
  • Lydia Hunt
  • Heather Johnson

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