Toby Coffey is Head of Digital Development for the National Theatre. His team is responsible for the creative and technical development of the digital interfaces between the NT and its audiences. He focuses on developing forms of digital engagement and interaction around the NT and its repertoire of productions. Toby is currently leading the NT’s Immersive Storytelling initiatives looking at the application of 360 films, VR and installations in compelling methods of storytelling.
Relevant areas include 360 films, virtual reality, augmented reality, installations, telepresence, digital publishing, online, UX, app development, device based engagement, digital art direction, social media, transmedia and documentary production.
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 producer on: 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 15 years expertise in the digital arena from creative, technical, production and social perspectives.
Introduction to the talk
We are in very signifiant times for the art of storytelling. Technological advancements have, unlike in previous iterations, allowed Virtual Reality and 360 films to be possible for the mass market. However, with the tech having played its pivotal role, to really advance the discipline we need to pay as much attention, if not more, to storytelling.
Toby will talk about the work of the National Theatre in London. Looking at their VR adaptation of wonder.land, a digital reinterpretation of Alice in Wonderland performed on the NT’s biggest stage, and talking about future 360 film projects Toby will discuss the relevance of theatre to this new age of storytelling.