An investigation on the potential for abstract design within immersive theatre.
(2014) An investigation on the potential for abstract design within immersive theatre., no. 36.
Exploring the current approach of design in immersive theatre, the study highlights the popularity in depicting a representation of life in their settings rather than delving into abstract environments. The study explores the possibilities of creating an abstract environment for an immersive theatre production of Hamlet. This is shown through the process of design presented in a 1:25 scale model box, reflecting on its findings through capturing an inside perspective of the designs and the audience point of view through film. Researching current immersive practices, the study attempts to define the term 'immersive theatre' and explores the different frameworks practitioners and companies express as an immersive experience. The history and origins of the immersive theatre are also highlighted and goes on to detail the current approaches towards design found in recent productions. Through practical implementation, the study draws on the necessary features attributable to immersive theatre and highlights how these requirements structured and limited creating an abstract design for the immersive experience. Parallels towards theatre design and modern art are discussed, as well as how those influenced the process of creating the immersive experience of Hamlet. Through the exploration of creating an abstract design for immersive theatre, a foundation has been laid for how immersive theatre both invites the possibilities of unique and unusual experiences and limits through its dependency on the audience's central experience. As a result the study poses possible avenues of further research, such as the correlating influences and approaches found in modern art and the audience's response.