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Norwich-based Theatre Company uses WhatsApp for Immersive Performance


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Norwich-based theatre company, Limbik returns to Norwich Theatre Beyond with All the Water in the World between 16 – 19 Mar. This is a quirky, intimate, one-to-one performance on WhatsApp experienced from the comfort of your home featuring sounds from the Amazon rainforest.

The show uses a combination of live calls, messaging, and 3D spatial audio, as award-winning Limbik makes the everyday extraordinary as you listen and connect in an unusual way.

Can a voice message save the rainforest? Who knows… but it just might help Giselle. She’s a little bit bored and a lot alone. So, she records the sounds of water around her. They remind her of a big river on the other side of the ocean. A place that evokes… Wait. She needs to tell someone about it, ideally a total stranger… you?

Ben Samuels from Limbik said: “This has been such a lovely project to conceive and develop. It began when we were still in lockdown, thinking about how we might use the technology around us as a platform for making live performances. We’ve had such a journey since then, including travelling to the Amazon to capture the sounds of the rainforest in 3D spatial sound!”

Gaël Le Cornec, who created the piece with Limbik, said: “All the Water in the World is about my homeland – the Amazon, friendship, water and everything that connects us. But, it’s also about acts of kindness, overcoming fear, and being grateful for things as simple as… being alive!”

All the Water in the World was originally commissioned by the Lowry Live Now Digital Theatre Commission. Emerging during lockdown, this new show explores the uses of everyday technology in creating new platforms for live performance. The show is highly interactive, immersive and personal.

This performance requires the use of WhatsApp, ideally through a smartphone or tablet. However, if you would like to access the performance but need access to a device with WhatsApp, Norwich Theatre provides an in-person ticket, where a tablet and headphones will be provided at Norwich Theatre Stage Two.

Limbik: All the Water in the World