Animating the Inanimate

Writing for live performance with object-based technology

Raucous Exchanges - Session 1
Thursday 24 June (4-6.15pm UK time)

An exploration into how objects can play a pivotal role in narrative build and audience interaction. How do we use technology-driven objects that through their physical reaction to the place and the story heighten the experience for those in the space? How can reactive objects underscore dramatic moments and provide a sense of personalisation – as if the world sees and recognises each individual audience member?

This session will be led by Raucous’ Creative Director, Sharon Clark and digital technologist, interaction design and product designer, Tom Metcalfe.

About Tom Metcalfe
Tom is a designer of diegetic objects, installations and functional art. His work invites audiences to reflect on their social interactions with others and to consider their relationship with the natural world. His work is mixed media, often utilising emerging and forgotten technologies and processes.

In the past, you could have seen his work exhibited in institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Library, Selfridges and the Wellcome Trust. He’s delivered work for household brands which include Marriott International, YO! Sushi, Unilever and Trinity Mirror. His projects have received funding and support from across a variety of sectors including Arts Council England, British Council, Playable City Tokyo, Creative XR, Google DNI and various UK Research and Innovation councils.

Over the years his work has featured in the likes of Wallpaper, Creative Review, Blueprint and Fast Company as well as the daily newspapers. He’s published in academia, particularly in the field of Human-Computer Interaction and he speaks locally and globally on issues of audience experience and emerging technology.

He is also a Senior Lecturer in Design at the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Bristol.


The workshop will be delivered via Zoom, details will be in your booking confirmation email.

WHO ARE THESE WORKSHOPS FOR? Writers, theatre makers, students and anyone who is curious about how their stories and work may shift or expand when they look to work with a range of diverse disciplines and collaborators.

The sessions are part workshop, part masterclass and will enable you to consider your own practice/writing whilst engaging with Raucous and international collaborators to openly share skills, challenges and knowledge.

The sessions will be divided into creative practice discussions and case study sharings, with participation through tasks and discussion.

DATE & TIME Thursday 24 June 4pm - 6.15pm (UK time)

- Pay what you can*
*We have made this event Pay What You Can to make it accessible to everyone, but ask that you support the speakers and Company fittingly so we can continue to provide this kind of work. Thank you.
via eventbrite HERE

Max 50 participants