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Expanded Performance

Innovations in technology are changing every part of the performance landscape - from how shows are made and marketed to how they are captured and distributed. VR, AR, motion capture, 5G, spatialized audio and virtual worlds are just some of the technologies changing where a performance can take place, who the audience is, and how it is experienced.

We are interested in the concept of liveness and togetherness in the context of these changes in technology - focusing on the cluster’s twin strengths of theatre and live music, where similar questions are being explored but rarely shared. We are looking for ways to strengthen both sectors through knowledge exchange and collaboration.

The Expanded Performance cohort will connect with expertise and research facilities across our programme partners exploring audience behaviour; intelligent visual technology (eg. motion tracking); embodiment; immersion; narrative; storytelling, the promotion of emerging technologies and commissioning world-leading performance.

We aim to amplify experimental work in Bristol and Bath, supporting festivals, venues and arts programmes by funding co-designed, relevant R+D. We want this Pathfinder to catalyse new productions, performances and products, encouraging further cultural and commercial investment and ticket sales. There will be funding available for R+D prototypes, which we will announce later in the year.

Meet the Expanded Performance cohort

The Fellows and Partners will be working together to explore the challenges and opportunities around the theme.


Cleo Lake


Cleo has established her political reputation as a strong social justice activist and campaigner particularly regarding anti austerity and issues effecting African heritage communities. Cleo has been involved within the arts and culture sector for almost two decades.

Ellie Chadwick


Ellie is a theatre director, producer, writer, and academic. With her company Sleight of Hand she creates multi-sensory work through interdisciplinary collaboration and community engagement.

Harry Silverlock


Harry is an emerging producer working across a range of physical and digital mediums including installations, virtual / augmented reality and film. Harry’s creative projects have a focus on queer identity politics.

Manu Maunganidze


Manu works with young people, as a teacher and mentor. His research and work over the next year will be an exploration of multi-culturalism, ritual, technology, and equality.

Oliver Langdon


Olly has been a writer, performer & Artistic Director of Bath-based Kilter since 2006. With Kilter Olly aims to find new ways to engage & empower participants in ethics, society, the environment & the future by playfully breaking the rules & defying expectations.

Roxana Vilk


Roxana is a multi-disciplinary British/Iranian artist and performer working across genres, in music, film, and live performance. Her creative practise often explores the themes of human rights, cultural identity, heritage, inclusion and migration.

Tanuja Amarasuriya


Tanuja is a director, dramaturg and sound designer working across theatre, film and digital sound. She is co-Artistic Director of Sleepdogs, a curiosity-driven collaboration with writer and composer Tim X Atack, making work that ranges from existential sci-fi theatre to electro-pop albums made entirely from field recordings.

Tessa Ratuszynska


Tessa is an artist, researcher and producer making work at the intersection of Documentary, Virtual Reality, Installation and Performance.

Tom Mitchell


Tom is an associate professor at UWE Bristol where he leads the Creative Technologies Laboratory. He also collaborates with a team of artists, makers and engineers at MI•MU Gloves Ltd, a technology start-up that he co-founded to enable musicians to perform with gestures.


Brave Bold Drama

Industry Partner

Brave Bold Drama are an award-winning theatre and community arts company based in south Bristol. They make theatre for families & older people, devise small and medium scale community art commissions and lead creative workshops for children, families & young people.

House of Imagination

Industry Partner

House of Imagination provides a range of spaces for children and young people to collaborate with creative professionals. It is a home for improvisation, creativity and innovation and a place to make those things visible to an international audience through research.


Industry Partner

Paraorchestra is the world’s first large-scale integrated virtuoso ensemble of professional disabled and non-disabled musicians. Our mission is to redefine what an orchestra can be.


Industry Partner

Raucous is an ever-evolving collective of theatre makers, technologists and designers who investigate how theatre can be made more immediate, urgent and immersive for an audience.


Industry Partner

Squidsoup is a UK-based international group of artists, researchers, technologists and designers working with digital and interactive media experiences. Our work combines physical and dynamic digital spaces with novel and intuitive forms of interaction to produce immersive, responsive and beguiling experiences.

The Egg Theatre

Industry Partner

Well known for its radical and political approach, The Egg seeks to make exceptional theatre for children and young people (TYA).

Real World Studios

Showcasing Partner

Real World Studios is a residential recording Studio near Bath, where artists, producers and engineers can escape their daily distractions and focus solely on making music.


Showcasing Partner

MAYK is a prolific arts organisation dedicated to the realisation of ambitious and meaningful live performance for audiences everywhere.


Technology Partner

Sennheiser shapes the future of audio and creates unique sound experiences for customers.

Our partners bring together some exciting insight and resources:
Brigstow Institute (University of Bristol)
Brigstow brings researchers from different disciplines together with a range of partners across the city and beyond to experiment in new ways of living and being
CAMERA (University of Bath)
Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications
The Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries (Bath Spa)
Research, engagement and discourse surrounding the theoretical, practical and commercial frameworks that embody the arts, media, or creative industries
The CREATE lab (University of Bath)
Research into spatial cognition in physical and virtual environments; technologies for children; trust, security and identity in online environments
Digital Cultures Research Centre (UWE)
An open and collaborative network of critical thinkers and doers who interrogate, articulate and create practical approaches to responsible technological futures
Pervasive Media Studio
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A collaboration between Watershed, University of Bristol and UWE Bristol hosting a brilliant community of over 100 artists, creative companies, technologists and academics exploring experience design and creative technology.
Vision Institute (University of Bristol)
Vision research spanning human and animal vision, artificial vision systems, visual information processing and the creative arts