Developing new ways to experience sound, unlocking personalised experiences and augmenting real-world spaces.
The Audience of the Future Demonstrator Programme is a collaboration between UK creative industry specialists, working to discover the next innovation in immersive performance.
Both Punchdrunk and Punchdrunk Enrichment have been collaborating with technologists and creatives on three key areas:
Environmental Sound Design
Developing new ways to experience sound in a three-dimensional environment. Supported by EM Acoustics.
Using technology to unlock personalised experiences for large audiences.
Standalone Effect Control
Building an affordable, standalone system that can augment real-world spaces with theatrical effects including sound and lighting.
The programme is funded within the Audience of the Future programme by UK Research and Innovation through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
Led by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), the consortium includes Punchdrunk and Punchdrunk Enrichment, De Montfort University, Epic Games, i2 Media Research Limited, Intel, Magic Leap, Manchester International Festival, Marshmallow Laser Feast, Nesta, Phi Centre, Philharmonia Orchestra, University of Portsmouth and The Space.
The Programme was due to finish in 2020 but due to the disruption caused by Covid-19 has been extended until the end of 2021.
Featuring specially created recordings of Béla Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle by the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by André de Ridder
Supported by EM Acoustics
Head of Sound
Head of Lighting & Lighting Design
Andy Reader & Sarah Readman
Ben Hosford and Sam Clear
Maïto Jobbé Duval
Creative Technical Lead
Lauren Van Zyl, Rafe Aldridge, Sarah Ellis, Julia Walters, Shoreditch Town Hall, Sam Clear, Stephen Makin, Gareth Collins, Elgiva Field, Jess Banting, Sarah Goodfellow and all teams at Punchdrunk and Punchdrunk International.