SMASHfestUK 'Space Plague' Phase 2 - Deptford - February 2020 - The Immersive Show
Pictures from the Phase 2 full production of 'Space Plague', that ran during February 2020 Half-Term, in the Deptford Lounge Library, Tidemill School and Giffin Square, Deptford. The production took over the square, library and Tidemill scool rooms above the library to create a fully immersive show taking place across 11 zones, in rooms, a studio, corridors, stairwells, and a marquee.

‘Space Plague’, is a phased co-designed experience exploring Immersive Narrative Embodiment effects amongst communities underserved by STEM and Arts informal education and underrepresented in STEM and Arts education and careers.

Funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council ‘Nucleus Award’, the Royal Academy of Engineering ‘INGENIOUS’ and the British Science Association, and is a partnership between SMASHfestUK CIC, Middlesex University, the University of Greenwich, the Rutherford Appleton Labs - Diamond Light Source and ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, the Structural Genomics Consortium at the University of Oxford, the British Ecological Society, the National Science and Media Museum, Riverside Youth Club/UnCover and TRAMSHED.

The project will run across three Phases, with events in Bradford July 2019, Deptford February 2020, and Bradford July 2020. There will be ongoing Co-Design, Co-Production and Co-Delivery cycles throughout the process.

The Phase 1 live prototype, at Bradford 19th-21st of July, was a great success. Creating a fully formed, fully immersive experience, while testing the storyline, various activities and experiences with a live public audience (target range 7-12 and their families) and collaborative delivery team, and Phase 2 built upon that first show.

The co-design process, to date, has involved:
- 60 Year 5 pupils, and 6 teachers from Haberdashers Aske's Temple Grove Free School in South East London.
- 240 pupils and 6 teachers from Tidemill School.
- 240 pupils and 10 teachers from Edmund Waller School.
- 20 young people (ged 10-16) from Riverside Youth Club/UnCover @ The Albany and 3 actor facilitators.
- 25 young people (aged 16-21) from TRAMSHED and 3 actor facilitators.
- 20 Final Year and 2 Year 2 Product Design and Engineering students from Middlesex University.
- 12 Performance: Design and Practice students and 1 tutor from Central St Martin's UAL.
- 2 MSc Creative Technology students from Middlesex University.
- 4 BSc Film and TV Production students from the University of Greenwich.
- 8 Design, Engineering and Film Academics and Technical Tutors from Middlesex University and the University of Greenwich.
- 8 Scientists from the Structural Genomics Consortium
- 4 Scientists and Public Engagement staff from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory – Diamond Light Source and ISIS Neutron and Muon Source.
- 10 Scientists from the British Ecological Society
- 1 Independent Public Engagement/Science/Performance expert.
- 1 Science academic from Birmingham University.
- 8 Professional Actors/Performers.
- 15 Bradford community volunteer facilitators, through the National Science and Media Museum.
- 3 Bradford engineering volunteers.
- 8 Stage and Production professionals.
- 6 - Science Communication specialists.
- 4 SMASHfestUK Core Team.

The rich range of experience, experiences, perspectives and creativity that this collaborative group have brought together, and the training in co-design and immersive experience development and delivery that SMASHfestUK team have facilitated, ensured that Phase 2 at Deptford was both successful as an experience in itself, as the next stage building block in the Space Plague process, and as a development framework for the interdisciplinary, cross level and sector collaborating group.

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