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Creativate Productions

Language: English
Company: curious directive

Story: Jack Lowe, Russell Woodhead
Direction, cinematography, underwater filming, 3600 film edit and script edit: Jack Lowe
Design (VR world and Stage Design): Camilla Clarke
Sound: Pete Malkin
Composition: Theo Whitworth
Stage Manager: Roisin Symes
Technical Stage Manager: Ed Elbourne
Software Development: German Munoz
Digital Development: Ed Greig
Associate Sound Designer: Dan Balfour
Sound Assistant: Ben Smith
Coral Reef scientist: Jamie Craggs
3D modelling and animation: Jordan Albon
curious directive General Manager: Natalie Songer
Voice Work: DCI Fiona Webb – Sarah Woodward; Douglas Clarke – Johnny Flynn; Cathy Selbourne – Anna Procter; Jen Philips – Kate Shenton; Ryan Willis – Russell Woodhead

At once a coming-of-age drama, supernatural thriller and pioneering integration of live performance and virtual reality, Frogman will sweep you up in its wake.

It’s 2019, a police officer arrives at Meera’s laboratory. Meera, an expert on corals, is interrogated about Ashleigh Richardson, a teenager who went missing in 1995.

It’s 1995, and Meera is a young girl. It’s her first sleepover with her best friends, Lily and Shaun. Cassette recordings from the radio and Sega Mega Drive distract them from theories about Ashleigh’s disappearance. Outside, on the Great Barrier Reef, police divers are on a search-and-rescue mission by torchlight.

At the crossroads of contemporary performance and cutting-edge tech, the technically innovative Frogman is a tender coming-of-age thriller that explores the fragility of childhood imagination. Audiences experience the 1995 storyline in a 360-degree virtual-reality environment.

Led by artistic director Jack Lowe, curious directive is an innovative UK-based company that collaborates with ‘a family of actors, creatives and technicians’. They work with science communities, theatre-audiences and technology partners in pursuit of layered, emotionally charged science-led theatre.

A curious directive, Absolutely Cultured, The Deep, The Old Market coproduction in association with Brisbane Powerhouse. Supported by Arts Council England.


This production forms part of the Creativate Digital Arts Festival programme, supported by Standard Bank.

Creativate Digital Arts Festival 2019




  1. sterry 29 June 2019 at 7:41 am

    Such a fascinating piece of theatre. We had no idea what to expect but were swept away by something completely different and exciting. It is wonderful to see international pieces like this at NAF. The virtual reality was overwhelming but so exciting.

  2. Siyandanorman112 29 June 2019 at 8:02 am

    a brilliant combination of VA and live performance. wonderful immersive storytelling. gorgeous performance by the young actress on stage and such rich imaginative recorded performances. loved this. have been thinking about the nuance and storytelling techniques since we saw it yesterday.

  3. ick625 3 July 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Really impressive storytelling! Loved the integration of VR, which lended really well to transitions. The actress gave a great performance, even during a few technical difficulties with the sound. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it 🙂

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