Better Than Life
“intriguing glimpses of a number of possible futures…”
Andrew Haydon,Guardian Theatre Blog
Better Than Life was an R&D that produced an experimental interactive theatre piece created to be enjoyed live by an audience in the physical theatre and an audience online simultaneously.
Blending elements from theatre, gaming and TV, Better Than Life was an exploration of a new type of live event that generates drama by giving audiences, both online and in the physical space, the agency to influence the narrative world of the piece. The web tools we investigated explored the opposite of video on demand; a digital platform that allows an online audience to genuinely interact with a live event. The opportunity for meaningful interaction build towards greater impact than simply watching.
The R&D shows took place in the summer of 2014. Both audiences met Gavin Jackson and the Positive Vision Movement. Everyone was there to save the future of the world.
The research examined the impact of choices, types of agency and moments of interactions- which are important to audiences and which are disruptive?
Better Than live was funded by the Digital R&D fund for the Arts and produced by Coney. Our technology partner, Showcaster, built on their existing live-streaming platform to develop the web tools, with academics from Goldsmiths University leading the research and interactive technology.