Caper were asked by the RSC to develop three digital commissions for myShakespeare. Our role was to understand the wider context of the RSC, its assets and its approach and produce work that brought this to life to an online audience.

We worked with three developers to create digital prototypes in response to the challenge of “measuring Shakespeare’s Digital Heartbeat”, aiming to create and enable simple, unexpected things, that somehow illuminated either the theatres and their companies or Shakespeare’s work.

Alarum, developed with Nat Buckley, draws on the frenetic churn of backstage activity in a large theatre that is often completely hidden from the audience. Alarum is an attempt to convey the movement of staff, actors and audiences in a meaningful way. Read more detail on this prototype in this blog post.

Tom Armitage created Spirits Melted Into Air which explores and visualises the motion of actors on stage during the plays Richard III and The Comedy Of Errors, creating visualisations through custom software and then turning them into large-scale prints and laser-cut wood. Read more about the project in this Literary Platform article.

Matthew Somerville produced Quintessence of Dust – a day by day overview of all of the events around the UK happening as part of the World Shakespeare Festival.

Project managed by Kat Sommers for Caper and by Sarah Ellis for the RSC.

myShakespeare was produced in 2012 by The Royal Shakespeare Company on the occasion of the World Shakespeare Festival, which the company is producing on behalf of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd.

Image: Tom Armitage