Part fable, part moment in history, The Foundling is immersive, table-top theatre delivered directly to your door. Fusing augmented reality, AI, smell and binaural sound, the gothic tale of Hopegood Shakespeare comes spilling out into your home revealing a secret she has kept for too long.
A portal opens up to a gothic world where you meet wetnurse Hopegood Shakespeare who is just days away from the hangman’s noose having been falsely accused of murder.
Placing you at the centre of the story, you were once one of the foundling children she nursed and now there is little time left, she urgently needs to tell you your history before it is lost forever.
The experience consists of four distinct chapters designed to extend the experience of a story through both the virtual and the live. With each chapter the audience receive a parcel containing an object from Hopegood’s world. They are invited to construct the object and place it in a certain way. One by one as these objects come into focus they trigger the next chapter of virtual storytelling. The final chapter leads the audience to a live immersive theatre piece.
The Foundling expands theatre directly into people’s homes, creating an intimate, solo experience of an epic narrative.