Midsummer Night’s Dreaming (aka #dream40) was an experiment in digital storytelling by the RSC and Google Creative Labs. Playing out in real time over midsummer weekend (21-23 June 2013) a cast of actors performed the play live, accompanied online by a host of new characters.
As part of the core creative team, I wrote and made original text and visual content for this unique online performance.
Our new characters gave voice to those affected by the action of the play: they were drawn from the (imagined) extended social networks of Shakespeare’s original characters.
My work included: blog posts by Athenian baker Tarleton Dozen who stoically put up with fairy mischief to deliver a fine wedding cake; poetic text and images posted by Phoebe The Moon as she witnessed the story playing out below; a sequence of tweet-style conversations between the wild flowers of the fields and forest; and a series of animated GIFs exploring the amoral nature-power of the woods and fairies.
#dream40 was was awarded a Silver prize in the Social Experimental and innovation category of the Lovie Awards 2013, and also won the People’s award.