Our team has a wealth of experience from across the theatre, music, technical and digital worlds. We combine this experience to create compelling immersive virtual reality stories.
Christopher Lane - Creative Director / Producer Christopher is a pioneering theatre director who has worked extensively in new musicals, classics and opera. He is currently developing a contemporary new musical version of Sherlock Holmes with West End producer Adam Paulden and is also part of the freelance staff directing team at the Royal Opera House. Christopher moved into narrative virtual reality in 2017 and was awarded two grants from Arts Council England to develop projects that fuse proxemics and theatrical rehearsal/staging paradigms with VR technology to create moving and truly immersive stories: His Shakespeare VR project was supported by the VR company Visualise and is being shared with theatre companies in the UK and Canada to further develop the work. Reorientation, a female led narrative promoting LGBT inclusivity, is being built in partnership with noted CGI VR company Breaking Fourth and will be released in spring of 2019. Christopher has acted as a consultant on immersive tech and storytelling for the ROH Audience Labs and is excited to be developing new partnerships and new VR stories under the auspices of Relative Motion.
Chloe Miller Smith - Creative Producer Chloe Miller Smith is a London based freelance creative producer. Having begun her career working in classical music, she has worked across many disciplines; from opera to ballet, theatre to film, live television to immersive technology. She was a founder member of the Royal Opera House’s team, The Audience Labs, which explores virtual reality, augmented reality, and other emergent technologies. She comes with a wealth of experience and contacts in the hugely exciting and fast-paced medium. Projects of note in her career include work with Google Creative Labs on an augmented reality ballet; Virtual Reality films for The Royal Opera and Ballet; the worldwide online broadcast World Ballet Day; and her background in live broadcast has seen work for the BBC and Royal Opera House.
Andy Purves - Technical Director / Producer Andy is an award-winning international theatre-maker, project manager and educator, specialising in lighting for performance. He trained in sound and lighting engineering at the University of Derby and has an MA in lighting design and theatre-making from Central School of Speech and Drama, where he is now a visiting lecturer in lighting. As a lighting designer, Andy’s 15 years of professional practice has spanned theatre, opera, circus, dance, educational, site-responsive, found space and community-based projects. His work has been seen in Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, the US and Canada as well as extensively across the UK and mainland Europe. Andy has been a regular collaborator with world-renowned theatre company Frantic Assembly since 2006 and in 2014 he won a Knight of Illumination Award for his work on their production, The Believers. Andy has built a reputation as a trusted manager of heritage-based projects working in partnership with a variety of heritage, cultural, community and education organisations. Since 2016 he has secured two large-scale grants from the National Lottery Heritage Fund that developed projects with engaging and meaningful digital, skills training, educational, community, exhibition and collections-based outcomes. Andy is passionate about using digital and interactive technology within storytelling to enable deeper understanding of history and humanity. He is experienced in immersive visual and audio spatial design and storytelling, borne out in his theatre practice and use of 3D audio capture using first-order Ambisonics and head-tracked binaural processing for VR applications.
Josh McNorton - Executive Producer Josh McNorton is a Canadian-born, UK-based creative producer, festival director, programmer and curator. Josh moved to the UK in 2012 to produce a large-scale, outdoor entertainment programme for the London Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. From 2014 to 2016 Josh produced FutureFest, a festival in London about the future, for the UK innovation charity Nesta. Following FutureFest, Josh co-founded the world’s first festival of sensory arts and research, Open Senses, which debuted in London in May 2017. In August 2017, Josh launched a new festival during the Edinburgh Fringe called Future Play, which showcased cutting-edge creative content and ideas at the intersection of art and technology. Since April 2018, Josh has been the Head of Programmes at Rich Mix, east London’s independent arts centre. Josh programmes and oversees the delivery of 400 shows and events per year across live music, theatre, dance, spoken word, comedy, festivals, family activities and art exhibitions.