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Draw Me Close

About Draw Me Close

Canadian playwright and director Jordan Tannahill has partnered with the National Theatre and National Film Board Canada to create Draw Me Close, a vivid memoir about his relationship with his mother in the wake of her terminal cancer diagnosis. Draw Me Close imagines the last moment shared between Tannahill and his mother before her death, as she squeezes his hand, and the deluge of narratives, questions and revelations contained within that final gesture.

A deceptively simple and human approach to immersive technology allows the audience member to experience life as five-year-old Tannahill inside a live, illustrated world. Jordan Tannahill's mother is played by an actress whose movements are translated into the virtual world using motion capture while she engages with you in the physical world. Both actor and audience member experience an early childhood memory as they bring it to life.

Draw Me Close is a co-production between the National Theatre and the NFB, in collaboration with All Seeing Eye and with illustrations by Teva Harrison. It is experienced is experienced using a unique motion capture system, Orion, that uses HTC Vive and is currently being developed by Ikinema.

Draw Me Close merges the worlds of live performance and animation to create an unforgettable encounter between a mother and her son. This is the story of their past and what is to be their future.

The first chapter of Draw Me Close will have its world premiere at Tribeca Storyscapes.

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