“what Early Days does is remind us that we, and not just the politicians, are all accountable for our future. Never mind Russell Brand interviews, get the politicos to take Coney's Early Days challenge.”
Mary Brennan – The Herald
Early Days (of a better nation) was a piece of interactive theatre for a playing audience, explores the possibilities of nationhood and democracy. It drew inspiration from the 2011 England riots, Arab Spring, Iceland’s crowd-sourced constitution and the rise (and fall) of Occupy.
Situated in a fictional nation where the war is over and the nation lies in ruins. Audiences build the beginnings of a new country. Each night their choices, ideas and debates resulted in a unique new nation.
Early Days (of a better nation) has been developed in iterative stages with audiences, academics from both King’s College and Warwick University, artists, game designers, MPs, activists, students at Birkbeck University, Stichting Doen (NL), many theatres and UK Parliament. It toured the UK
Co-commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre, National Theatre Wales and Battersea Arts Centre Production development supported by Cultural Institute at KCL and Stichting Doen (NL) Funded by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Unity Theatre Trust Supported by Ovalhouse
Produced by Coney
Better Than Life
Better Than Lifewas 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?
“pulls of the rare trick of not only being captivatingly beautiful but also informative and historically authentic”
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph
House of Cards was a radical new and thoroughly interpretation of the stories of Kensington Palace. It gave the audience new ways to connect to the people and stories that populated the palace at the height of its glamour and power. She created playful, interactive experience, contrasting the splendour of the court’s public face with the secret intrigues and hidden intimacies of the Royals’ private lives
House of Cards was a concept of Annette Mees and created with a large interdisciplinary team of writers, designers, lighting and sound designers, technologists, artists, actors and the curators, historians and staff of Kensington Palace.
Commisioned by Historic Royal Palaces to run from April 2012 to March 2013, House of Cards was extended until June 2014.