Roma Patel (2013 cohort)

Roma’s research explores how the convergence between theatre for early years (TEY) and digital technologies can make performances more multi-sensory, playful, participatory and interactive for younger audiences.

Roma will be using this grant to:

  • Collaborate with an experienced creative technologist from the Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham to develop the interactive technologies for a performance installation for children which she is designing for Theatre Hullabaloo in Darlington, opening in December 2017-Februrary 2018.
  • Conduct a series of interviews with staff from Nottingham Castle to find out what lessons can be learnt about sustainability of bespoke technologies from their interactive AR exhibition that has been running since 2014.
  • Find new cultural partners interested in hosting the touring the performance her installation.
  • Work in collaboration with a Polka Theatre, London to organise workshops and curate an exhibition of work from Horizon and MRL that explores the wider implications of technology and children for their Children’s Theatre Festival, May 2018 (children & technology).