Make Some More Noise

digital adventures in storytelling.

This summer we’re running an exciting, new project and we’re inviting you to be a big part of it.

Working with technology company Storythings and the University of Dundee’s Product Research Studio, Unlimited are exploring new ways of publishing plays and stories using digital devices such as iPads, Kindles and Galaxies. You can read more about the project here.

Join Our Community Lab
We are inviting interested people who can commit to a series of workshops to make up our ‘Community Lab’, based at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, and become part of the team that will research, design and test a range of new storytelling experiences.

With your help we are aiming to create a brand new, take home experience for mobile devices. A sort of digital bottle that recreates the unique sound, lighting and atmosphere produced through live theatre performance, but handcrafted using technology for people to open at home.

The ‘Community Lab’ will be made up of people from all walks of life including (but not limited to):

• theatre goers, film buffs, bloggers, bookworms, tech-geeks, music lovers, long-time fans of Unlimited’s work and members of the deaf and blind communities
as well as
• people who’ve never been to the theatre, never heard of Unlimited, don’t use “technology” or think that “this sort of thing isn’t for me”.
• Anyone else with skills or interests you think can help us make a brilliant new way of reading plays.

We want to work with as many different people as possible – all we ask is that you’re based in West Yorkshire, can commit to the four sessions between May and October and are up for working as part of a team.

Using Unlimited’s latest show The Noise as the test bed, the Community Lab will investigate how emerging behaviours around mobile reading devices and technologies can help create new forms of digital storytelling that reflect the live experience.

In return for your time and commitment, we will offer:
• travel expenses for each workshop
• refreshments during each workshop
• access support for those with access requirements
• credited recognition as one of the co-creators of this new platform

How To Get Involved

The Community Lab workshops will take place from May-October 2013 over four dates at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on Quarry Hill, Leeds. The size of the Community Lab is limited so we’re asking you to complete a short Note of Interest below so that we can contact you with more information.

To take part in this unique opportunity and to become part of a group that creates something truly innovative, you will need to be available on all of the following dates. We are offering two sessions on each day so that we are as accessible as possible. You are only required to attend one session per day.

To be part of our Community Lab, we’re asking for the following commitment: 

Attendance at 4x 3-hour workshop sessions where we’ll co-design and test whatever we make together. The sessions are currently scheduled for:
• Thursday 2nd May 2013
• Thursday 13th June 2013
• Wednesday 24th July 2013
• Plus one other in October tbc

These workshops will take place at West Yorkshire Playhouse, with a choice of morning or early evening sessions on each day.

Also, we’d value your participation in feedback and evaluation – which will mostly take place within the workshops, but may involve sending us additional thoughts or filling out questionnaires.

We think this project is going to be VERY exciting and A LOT of fun. We’d love for you to join us on this adventure and hope you’ll take a few minutes to fill out the form below.

If you have any questions or need any further information then please contact:
Joanne Wain, Associate Producer
joanne at unlimited dot org dot uk
or on 07736 381856

Welcome to the show. We hope you can make it.


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