20th Feb, 2020

Reality technology allows people to step into Shakespeare's shoes

AUGMENTED reality technology is offering a chance to see Stratford through the eyes of a young William Shakespeare.

The RSC’s latest exhibition, Digital Diorama, imagines what the bard may have seen while growing up in his home town.

The free exhibition in the RST uses technology similar to popular apps like Pokemon Go and BBC Civilisations to showcase Shakespeare’s work in a new light.

Visitors use tablet devices and headphones to experience scenes from Shakespeare’s plays featuring performances from RSC actors.

RSC artistic director Gregory Doran said: “Dioramas were very popular in the 19th century. They involved large scale models with vast panoramas which could transport excited audiences into the midst of a battlefield, a storm at sea, or the slopes of an erupting volcano.

“Our dioramas are digital. We’ve combined an old technique with the latest technology to take you right into Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon.

“We have invited a great cast of RSC alumni to perform tiny extracts from Shakespeare’s plays to illustrate a journey from birthplace to graveyard, and introduce the Seven Ages of Man from infant to schoolboy, to lover, soldier, Justice, pantaloon and finally the last scene of all which ends this strange eventful history in Holy Trinity Churchyard.”

The exhibition runs in the PACCAR Room until Sunday September 8.

Visit www.rsc.org.uk/digitaldiorama for further details.

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