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Free Content Extending the theatre experience: The potential for wearable and onstage cameras

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The National Theatre has led the way in the delivery of live theatre experiences to audiences in cinemas. Audience data suggests that the programme has introduced the theatre experience to a broader audience beyond theatre-goers unable to get tickets for sell-out shows. The success of NT Live led NESTA to conclude that a better understanding of what works for audiences and what does not with respect to digital innovation is ‘crucial for the competitiveness of the Creative Industries in the UK’.

This study presents the analysis of the Extended Theatre Experience project and compares the reactions to a performance captured using camera locations and one that incorporates views from cameras worn by the actors and in the stage props. Home and cinema screenings are compared. Statistical analysis of the data collected is presented and conclusions are drawn regarding the effectiveness of onstage shots to create a sense of the immediacy of the live performance.

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Keywords: audience experience; capture; live theatre; on-line viewing; performance; point-of-view camera; remote viewing; wearable camera

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University College Falmouth 2: Hewlett-Packard Research labs, Bristol 3: Systems Engineering, Frome 4: Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol

Publication date: 06 September 2012

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  • Ubiquity is an international peer reviewed journal for creative and transdisciplinary practitioners interested in technologies, practices and behaviours that have the potential to radically transform human perspectives on the world. "Ubiquity", the ability to be everywhere at the same time, a potential historically attributed to the occult is now a common feature of the average mobile phone. The title refers explicitly to the advent of ubiquitous computing that has been hastened through the consumption of networked digital devices. The journal anticipates the consequences for design and research in a culture where everyone and everything is connected, and will offer a context for visual artists, designers, scientists and writers to consider how Ubiquity is transforming our relationship with the world.
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