London’s Old Vic has created a 360-degree interactive film of its theatre to allow audiences to explore the space online before they arrive.
Described as a physical representation of its mission to make the theatre more accessible, the film is intended for audiences with access needs, those bringing children and visitors who have never attended before to familiarise themselves with the theatre.
People will be able to explore the Old Vic’s spaces with or without audiences in them, as well as listen to practical visitor information and hear stories from other Old Vic visitors.
It follows the refurbishment of the Old Vic’s front-of-house spaces, completed last year, which was largely focused on improving accessibility and visitor experience.
Executive director Kate Varah said: “The launch of this film is another significant step towards making our theatre even more accessible to even more people. Our front-of-house spaces have been physically accessible since October 2019 and now this interactive film allows for virtual accessibility, enabling people to feel comfortable with the spaces before visiting us in person.
“We aim to be unintimidating and accessible, and this film is an important gateway into our theatre.”
The What’s Inside film has been created by the Old Vic and PwC, and produced by East City Films.