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Relative Motion releases 425 year old LBGTQ+ drama in VR

Virtual reality storytelling studio Relative Motion, in association with the Barn Theatre in Cirencester, have released an eight-minute virtual reality experience of a crucial scene from Christopher Marlowe’s historic LGBTQ+ drama Edward II.

The production reimagines this historic and iconic gay love story for a 21st century audience. Edward II VR is crafted for a Single-Audience-Member (SAM) placed at the very centre of the story experience.

Available to access free online (YouTube, Facebook), EDWARD II VR brings passion, intense drama, compelling performances and a stirring new score into your VR headset, your phone, tablet or computer.

Edward II cemented Marlowe’s position as both a maverick playwright and a challenger of the status quo. By ‘staging the story’ around SAM, this new production highlights the parallels between homophobia, corruption and greed at the heart of power in Marlowe’s era and the intolerance and bias in the world today. Using the empathetic power of VR, Relative Motion and The Barn Theatre want to remind audiences that, up-close, we are all deserving of equal rights and fair treatment.

Edward II VR stars Nathan Ives-Moiba as Edward, Richard Pryal as Gaveston and Georgia Silver as Isabella and features an original score by Tom Adams. The production was captured on the stage at the Barn Theatre. 

This production marks the first collaboration between Relative Motion and the Barn Theatre.  Both companies have been acknowledged for their focus on technical innovation to support the creative process and audience experience as well as producing work for the “virtual stage”, particularly during lockdown.

Since its establishment in 2018, Relative Motion has been exploring the best ways to create work for virtual performance spaces – with actors, narratives, and an ‘audience-of-one’ - to craft exceptional story experiences. 

Edward II VR, produced by Relative Motion in association with the Barn Theatre, features creative direction by Christopher Lane, technical direction by Andy Purves, production direction by Chloe Miller Smith with casting by Harry Blumenau.

Edward II VR has given us the unique opportunity to combine forces with the Barn Theatre to truly fuse theatre and virtual reality.  In doing this we have created a unique, intimate, visceral piece drama – one with themes that, sadly, are still echoing through our world today.

"This collaboration also shows that, as theatre makers, we are in a unique position to harness our theatrical spaces and VR technology to create immersive and intimate audience experiences in the wake of Covid-19.

Christopher Lane, creative director of Relative Motion.

The production was generously supported by Arts Council England, Wired Sussex and Digital Catapult.