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The National Theatre’s Immersive Storytelling Studio

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The National Theatre’s Immersive Storytelling Studio


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Toby Coffey, Head of Digital at the National Theatre talks about how they established their Immersive Storytelling Studio in 2016; what led to its formation, the work that it has done and what it is looking to do in the future.

This is a talk where the theatre meets digital, and performance meets Virtual Reality. What is the future of theatrical performance in our digital age? Come and discuss it with us.


about Toby Coffey:

Toby Coffey is Head of Digital Development for the National Theatre where he focuses on developing forms of digital engagement and interaction around the NT and its repertoire of productions. In 2016 he established their Immersive Storytelling Studio to examine how Virtual Reality, 360° film, Augmented Reality and other emerging technologies can widen and enhance the NT’s remit to be a pioneer of dramatic storytelling and to enable an audience to stand in the shoes of another.

It’s work has been shown around the world including premieres at Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and the Venice International Film Festival.

In 2017, for its verbatim cinematic VR documentary HOME | Aamir, the Studio won the Grand Jury prize for VR at the Encounters Film Festival as well as Best Director and Jury Prize Winner for Best Journalistic Achievement at the Social Impact Media Awards.

Whilst at the National Theatre Toby has co-produced the documentary Making War Horse revealing the creative process and groundbreaking techniques behind one of the most popular and acclaimed productions in the NT’s history. He was executive co-producer for: Alan Bennett and the Habit of Art, a BAFTA nominated film and winner of the Royal Television Society Award for Arts documentary; and Frankenstein: A Modern Myth - exploring the relevance of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to modern society using Danny Boyle’s National Theatre production as a central reference point.

Toby has over 18 years expertise in the digital arena from creative, technical, production and social perspectives.



About “disLAB Presents…”


“disLAB presents” is a series of free encounters organized by the digital and interactive storytelling LAB – a new MA @ University of Westminster.

If you are interested in digital journalism, interactive documentary, apps for social change, VR, educational video games or just digital communication, this series of encounters is for you. The aim is to invite students and media makers to join the conversation with practitioners, so that together we can act as a creative community.

disLAB challenges the use of digital media to do exciting storytelling. It is about being creative and becoming the storytellers of the future. For this, it is important to be exposed to current practices, be inspired by great makers, help eachother and dare to innovate.

By inviting successful digital storytellers to share their current projects and expertise in an informal setting, we hope to bridge the gap between industry and universities. Let’s help eachother!




Please note: This event is free but registration is essential. Don't just turn up as we are often fully booked!



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