Lakeside Arts
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Lakeside Arts

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Join us for the chance to connect with researchers and creatives across the globe to engage with new and exciting ways to approach immersive practices in the entertainment industry. Discover our fantastic immersive events below, part of FACETS 2021.


Tuesday 2 – Wednesday 3 November 2021 12.30pm-5pm and 9am-1pm
Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts
Free, booking required
Open to creatives, academics, students

Opportunities for innovation: using technology to share narrative experiences.

Through a combination of diverse immersive performances, captivating presentations, and expert panel discussions, this hybrid event will connect researchers and creators from across the globe. Together we will explore the growth of the immersive entertainment industry. An evening event (please register separately) will showcase the visionary potential of this emerging sector.

For those attending in person: Refreshments will be provided at points throughout the day, but delegates should purchase their own lunch. Our Pavilion Café has a variety of food and drinks, including plant-based options.


See below for the full Facets 2021 programme.

Time Event
Tuesday 2 November

Sarah Martindale, University of Nottingham


Katipuneros Role Playing Game
Facilitated live from the Philippines by Gian Carlo de Jesus and team


Discussion Panel
Where’s the script?
Roy Hanney, Solent University and Alison Norrington, Story Central
Amplified Publishing
Amy Spencer, Bath Spa University, Agnieszka Przybyszewska, University of Łódź, Michael Armstrong, BBC and Jasmine Richards, author and founder of StoryMix


Presentation Panel
Immersing into spaces of comfort in a clinical environment
Leanne Twidale and Ellen Wilson, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
From theatre venues to theatre worlds
António Baía Reis, University of Passau and Agencia_VR
Virtual [UN]Reality: the role of magic in immersive storytelling
Dylan Yamada-Rice, Manchester Metropolitan University and Eleanor Dare, Cambridge University Faculty of Education
Mrs Nemo XR
Mary Stewart- David, Daniel Lock and Chris Catalan, University of York
The ‘Truth of Sound’: Exploring Immersive Location Sound Recording in Realist Filmmaking
Steve Whitford, University of Portsmouth

Wednesday 3 November

Discussion Panel
R&D prototype "New World"
Debbie Bandara, Forest Tribe
The empathic potential of immersive storytelling
Danai Mikelli, Oxford Brookes University
Bahay-bahayan: reframing theater as children’s pretend play
Ana Katrina de Jesus, University of the Philippines Los Baños
Julián de la Fuente, University of Alcalá
Conditions for post-spectatorship
Tobías G. Palma, University of York


Blended Panel
Real-time VR: live Q&A for pre-recorded discussion panel
James Berrett and Max Schleser, Swinburne University of Technology, Deepak John Mathew and Delwyn Remedios, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad
Planet Xerilia: a case study of audio-driven immersive storytelling in VR
Constantin Popp and Damien Murphy, University of York
Sleep: an immersive theatrical experience
Benjamin McDonald, University of York


Presentation Panel
Immersive promotion: marketing VR & AR experiences to new audiences
Matthew Freeman, Bath Spa University
The role of the audience in immersive storytelling
Michael Armstrong, BBC and Maxine Glancy, BBC and University of Nottingham
The city as Escape Room: place, participation, meaning, affect
Roy Hanney, Solent University and Alison Norrington, Story Central
Between Air Clay and Woods of Certain Flutes: immersive audio/visual installation
Richard Kearns, University of York 



Tuesday 2 November, 5.30 - 7.30pm
DHL Pavilion, Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham
Free, booking required
Open to all (recommended for ages 16+)

An opportunity to engage with a range of live performative, film, and VR experiences.


Time Event

Evening Showcase
Installations, demos and performances at Lakeside in Nottingham
Inflatable VR dome showing 360° films Nazaré Imersiva by Célia Quico and Climate Crimes by Michaela French
Cognitive Dissidents: reactive narrative experience demo by Luke Skarth Hayley
A New Dawn, an experimental Cinematic VR project (with ambisonic audio) by Max Schleser
Demonstrations from The Institute of Creative Technologies, led by Sophie Smith

Experiential online content for the remote digital audience
CLEVER AT SEEING WITHOUT BEING SEEN, live stream performance by Lee Campbell, an online interactive digital theatre experience by Chronic Insanity

Short films available to view in the venue and online
Live Cinema Associate Artists
Makers of Imaginary Worlds: Undiscovered Island



The bright green logo for 'Facets 2021'              The Lakeside Arts logo, besides the University of Nottingham logo