An immersive theatre company called Retz has reinterpreted two of Franz Kafka's works -- The Trial and In The Penal Colony -- for the internet age in an interactive performance that sees audience members travel around East London.
The production is a large-scale interactive story where audience members follow protagonist Joseph K through a series of locations in East London (including Shoreditch Town Hall and the Rose Lipman building) as he comes to terms with his mysterious arrest. Audience members experience the story in a series of one-on-one encounters with some of the 47 cast members and find themselves lured into helping Joseph K. What they say to the actors will be noted, disseminated via the web, and potentially used against them by other cast members at a later moment.
Retz founder Felix Mortimer told Wired.co.uk: "The actors and stage manager all use Twitter accounts set to private to quickly communicate pictures and information about audience members to each other and subtly thread it into performance. I suppose it's a database on the fly and a good way to tag and keep track of our audience members and quickly make them feel like they are bleeding digital information -- which is the main thrust of the piece." The team also uses Twilio for making phone calls during the performance..."