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SXSW 2019


Future Art and Culture Art Innovation Lab

Date/Time: Sunday 10th March – 10.00am to 4.00pm

Location: British Music Embassy/ Latitude 30

Royal Shakespeare Company and Imaginarium Studios in partnership with Magic Leap

The Future Art and Culture programme showcasing art, tech and innovation from England presents two mixed reality works-in-progress from Stratford’s Royal Shakespeare Company and London’s Imaginarium Studios in partnership with Magic Leap.

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The Royal Shakespeare Company creates theatre at its best, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world. We produce an inspirational artistic programme each year, setting Shakespeare in context, alongside the work of his contemporaries and today’s writers.  


Everyone at the RSC - from actors to armourers, musicians to technicians - plays a part in creating the world you see on stage.  All our productions begin life at our Stratford workshops and theatres and we bring them to the widest possible audience through our touring, residencies, live broadcasts and online activity. So wherever you experience the RSC, you experience work made in Shakespeare’s home town.  


We have trained generations of the very best theatre makers and we continue to nurture the talent of the future. We encourage everyone to enjoy a lifelong relationship with Shakespeare and live theatre. We reach 530,000 children and young people annually through our education work, transforming their experiences in the classroom, in performance and online.

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We are the UK’s leading Performance Capture studio and the only commercially available facility in London.  We revolutionize how stories might be visualised by developing and applying the latest innovations in Performance Capture technology.


The Imaginarium Studios offers the complete range of performance capture services and brings together everything that our partners might need across pre-production, production and post-production.  We’ve developed numerous cutting-edge technologies to aide in every step of the creative and capture process.


Magic Leap’s mission is to harmonize people and technology to create a better, more unified world. Magic Leap is a team of creatives and technologists building a lightweight, wearable computer that seamlessly blends the digital and physical worlds. Headquartered in Plantation, Florida, with offices in Los Angeles, Sunnyvale, Seattle, Austin, Dallas, Zurich, Wellington and Tel Aviv.



The Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Seven Ages of Man

The Seven Ages of Man / United Kingdom (Lead Artists: Royal Shakespeare Company, Magic Leap, Key Collaborators: Jessica Curry, Gregory Doran [Royal Shakespeare Company],  Andy Lanning, John Monos [Magic Leap]) — The Royal Shakespeare Company explores the future of theatre with Magic Leap in this sublime production of the “Seven Ages of Man” speech from Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Here they present a mixed reality experience using cutting-edge volumetric capture with Shakespearean actor Robert Gilbert and an original musical score by award-winning composer Jessica Curry. The line “all the world’s a stage” turns literal as users experience the play in multiple and simultaneous places.



The Seven Ages of Man

Performed by Robert Gilbert

Music by Jessica Curry

Produced By: Royal Shakespeare Company and Magic Leap

Artistic Director:  Gregory Doran

Creative Directors:  Andy Lanning, John Monos

Producers: Pete Griffin, Rebecca Paris

Executive Producers: Sarah Ellis, Ant Williams

Creative Development: Michael Tucker, Stephen Mangiat

Software Engineers: Nafees Bin Zafar, Aaron Wilson, John Cannon, Hasnain Vohra, Nikilesh Urella

Tech Lead: Henry Engelland-Gay

Sound Design: Kedar Shashidhar

Production Support: Steve Keeley, Rebecca Barkin, Chris Hebert, Hunter McGranahan

The Grinning Man - The Imaginarium Studios

The Grinning Man - The Imaginarium Studios Brought to you by The Imaginarium Studios, Magic Leap, Bristol Old Vic and Trafalgar Entertainment Group, this five minute proof of concept, Directed by Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Planet of the Apes) and Tom Morris (War Horse), is the first of its kind – a mixed reality table-top musical theatre experience driven by performance capture. This introduction to The Grinning Man story is just a brief view into the first theatrical production ever to be captured using Performance Capture technology.


The Grinning Man POC Credits

Directors: Tom Morris & Andy Serkis

Writer / Lyrics: Carl Grose

Composer / Lyricist / Musical Arrangements: Tim Phillips & Marc Teitler


Executive Producer (Trafalgar Entertainment Group): Donna Monday

Executive Producer (The Imaginarium Studios): Matthew Brown

Producer (The Imaginarium Studios): Glenn Kelly

MD: Tom Deering

Resident Director: Sarah Bradley

Stage Mangement: Shena Linden

Wardrobe Department: Jennia Quirk

Movement Director: Jane Gibson

Choreographer: Lynne Page

Puppet Director: Toby Olie


Magic Leap

CEO: Rony Abovitz

Executive Creative Director: Andy Lanning


CAST (By Appearance / Vocal Performance)

Barkilphedro: Julian Bleach

Ensemble/Quake: Sophia Mackay

Mojo/Kupsak: James Alexander- Taylor

Ensemble: Christina Bloom

Ensemble: Jonathan Cobb

Dirry-Moir: Mark Anderson

Angelica: Julie Atherton

Osric/Trelaw: Ewan Black

Ensemble: Leo Elso

Grinpayne: Louis Maskell

Dea: Sanne Den Besten

Ensemble: Claire-Marie Hall

Urus: Sean Kingsley

Mojo/Frozen Woman: Loren O'Dair

Josiana: Amanda Wilkin

King Clarence/ens: David Bardsley


The Imaginarium Studios

Stage Manager / Capture AD: Rich Best

Digital Continuity: Elliot Solomon

Lead Technical Director: Geoge Sears

MoCap Technician: Megan Elliott

Sound Recordist: Tim Surrey

Sound: Mark Andrews

Production Manager: Josie Churchill

Runner: Rhia Fraser

Runner: James Lay

Reference Camera Operator: Barbara van Schaik

Reference Camera Operator: Léa Aubigne

Reference Camera Operator: Joe Foster

Reference Camera Operator: Maria Camilla Piana Brizio

Reference Camera Operator: Sam Lowsley-Williams

Reference Camera Operator: Inigo Berron

Facial Capture Lead: José Nieuwstad

Facial Capture Technicain: Madita Schloeglmann

Makeup Artist: Rebecca Hadfield

Makeup Artist: Sam Basham

Body Scans: Lidar Lounge

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