Chapter Four: Digital platforms and production methods: Why and how?
This fourth film sees Maya Chowdhry asks how the tools and platforms we use to create and distribute our work affect the style of our digital participatory theatre and what opportunities they provide for participation. She looks at synchronous and asynchronous engagement, audience agency, digital collaboration and digital interactivity, explaining how many of the key platforms work work along the way.
The Ethical People Movement (EPM) was a digital component of the Virtual Migrants production, Continent Chop Chop. The EPM comprised a website, campaign video, social media presence, music track, merchandise and a petition to wrap around a live Virtual Migrant’s performance. Maya explains why she chose transmedia storytelling as her method and how it enabled a broad range of ways for people to participate. She talks about playing with, questioning and subverting digital platforms, the use of faction, and the potential of hybrid theatre.