Canadian playwright and director Jordan Tannahill has partnered with the National Theatre and National Film Board Canada to create Draw Me Close: A Memoir, blurring the worlds of live performance, virtual reality and animation about the relationship between a mother and her son in the wake of her terminal-cancer diagnosis.
Weaving theatrical storytelling with cutting-edge technology, the project takes a deceptively simple and humanistic approach to the immersive medium: it allows the audience member to experience life as Jordan inside a live, animated 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.