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Radio Programmes Talk About Immersive Theatre

In a 30 minute segment, BBC Radio 4 looked into the world of immersive theatre and came out alive. In It’s Fun, But Is It Theatre?, they explore what the world of immersive theatre holds and why it’s worth looking into.

If you’re new to the idea of immersive theatre it’s worth listening to, as well as checking out the links they have assembled to some of the more popular troupes creating immersive events. One of the theatre companies making immersive theatre has a great name: You Me Bum Bum Train.

Sarah Hemming, theatre critic for the Financial Times screws her courage to the sticking point and embarks on a series of theatrical experiences, to help you decide whether you too might enjoy this type of theatre trip: the sort that doesn’t involve a stage, a programme, an ice cream at the interval – oh, or a seat. Experiences can range from Lucien Bourjeily’s re- enactment of imprisonment in a Syrian detention centre – “we promise you will be released at the end” ,to a magical storytelling moment by a cosy library fireplace – but is it theatre?

Just think of the future when augmented reality and immersive theatre collide!

The CBC radio show Spark covered immersive theatre back in January. They have a firsthand account of what it’s like to go through Punchdrunk by Sleep No More.

It would’ve been great if they mentioned ZED.TO.

BBC Looks at a 90 Year Old Gamer

In this news segment the BBC notes that one senior plays games for fun and for something to keep her brain going: ‘Computer games keep me mentally active

Using games for this purpose is not new, but it is gainging in popularity. RealAge writes in response to a question about how to keep mentally active that there is now research in ways that games can help seniors:

It’s no wonder the National Science Foundation is putting $1.2 million into a four-year study to investigate if and how video games slow cognitive decline. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation also pledged $8.5 million to study the impact of video games on everything from Alzheimer’s disease to driving skills.

So play games and stay young 😉

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