TFTV colleagues collaborate on media convergence theatre project

Posted on 15 June 2017

In a collaborative media convergence project, Dr Mariana Lopez (sound design), Paul Ryan (visual effects), Roberto del Pino (set design) have worked on staging John Dryden's Amphitryon; or, The Two Sosias under the direction of Professor Michael Cordner from the Department of Theatre, Film and television.

Taking this classic 17th century comic play to a modern, technically daring interpretation the team has explored new grounds.

For his radically modern interpretation Professor Michael Cordner has drawn from the richly varied range of technical skills and resources available in the department to produce a performance unlike anything created before in TFTV.


With a thirteen speaker layout including sub buffers underneath the audience and the set, this is the most complex audio set-up TFTV has ever brought on stage. 'It's one of the most experimental things I have ever worked on', says Dr Mariana Lopez, 'so I am very excited seeing it all come together`.

null‌With a brief of recreating the universe for the audience, Paul Ryan's biggest challenge in this production was bringing all the technology together to work with the story of the play: 'I come from a TV and film background, so designing visual effects for theatre was genuine media convergence.'

'Together with the visual effects by Paul we have turned the whole set into a 3-D-projection space', adds Roberto del Pino, who, inspired by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and the movie Blade Runner, combined modern futuristic elements with classical styles of ancient Greek theatre for the Amphitryon set as the piece is a variation on the Greek Alcmena/Amphitryon myth.

TFTV's summer staff led theatre production will be on stage in the Black Box from Thursday 15 June to Sunday 18 June. For further information please see the project's  websiteFacebook and Twitter pages.

Tickets can be purchased online or in box office on show nights from 7pm.