Special Event
curious directive


a Hop Resident Artist
October 05 - 08, 2023

This event occurred as part of the 23/24 Hop Presents season. This is an archived view.

A coming-of-age, supernatural thriller, experienced in virtual reality and live theater.

23/24 Hop Presents

From double Fringe First-winners curious directive comes this groundbreaking theatrical experience exploring the fragility of childhood imagination. Known for linking theater and science, the company created a truly unique experience that brings together elements of time travel, scuba diving and a murder mystery told through virtual reality and live performance. 

Set in the present, the piece takes audiences back to 1995 to retrieve the memories of an 11-year-old Meera as the police investigate her father's involvement in the murder of a young girl. The audience watches Frogman in Virtual Reality for 50% of the show and the live interrogation for the rest of the show. The audience goes in and out of VR. In the final live scene with grown-up Meera, we find out what really happened that summer in 1995. 

During a week-long residency with the Hop, curious directive director Jack Lowe will conduct research for an upcoming work.

Suitable for ages 12 and up.

Oct 10 Science Night: Join the theater company and a science professor for food and drink at a raucous event that turns a science presentation into live theater in real time.

Photos: courtesy of the artists

curious directive is a Norwich-based theater company led by Artistic Director Jack Lowe. Since 2008, curious directive has explored life through the lens of science. Their devised theater shows have been seen in over 111 venues across the world, playing to over 170,000 audience members. As stewards of digital innovation in theater, they were the first theater company to use the Periscope app for live streaming (2014), the first Resident Theatre Company at a UK Science Festival (Cambridge, 2015) and have created Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality synchronizing software for live theater (2017-19). They have also created ground-breaking captioning in VR (2018). Critically acclaimed, they received 17 prestigious arts-science nominations and awards (recently Best Sound Design/Best Set and Costume Design in 2021 for Deciphering). 

“curious directive are theatre pioneers”

Daily Telegraph

“...touching and nostalgic”

The Independent

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