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Leicester Castle Tells Its Story

Leicester Castle Tells Its Story

Part of Arts Council England & NESTA's Digital R&D fund, Leicester Castle Tell's its Story is an R&D project that explores how Bluetooth Beacons can be used to bring to life a historic building that has very little staffing and resource, with much of the building no longer in existence.

Leicester's Great Hall is the only remaining part of the fortified area that made up Leicester Castle. Now a Victorian Court room, much of the history of this space is hidden from view. From the visit of Richard III, right through to the infamous Green Bicycle Murder, MBD bring to life the stories and characters that have inhabited this space.

SAFE HOUSE

SAFE HOUSE

SAFE HOUSE, is a spectacular large-scale outdoor performance that explores the significance of home.
As night falls the mysterious house dramatically comes to life. A figure appears on the roof, climbs precariously onto the roof and begins to share the story of this house - a family moving in, a child playing, a teenager desperate to escape and an old lady who can't leave.
The audience is taken on a thought provoking, surreal and poetic journey as rooms, memories and characters are revealed. Using large-scale projections and aerial performance, the house dramatically transforms into a variety of breath taking visual backdrops.

METRO-BOULOT-DODO, known for their emotionally engaging narratives and haunting soundtracks collaborated with Draw and Code and Wired Aerial on SAFE HOUSE. SAFE HOUSE is produced by Event International.

The Gunpowder Plot

The Gunpowder Plot

Bonfire Night with a difference at BOUGHTON HOUSE.
Through breathtaking performance, projection and original soundtrack, experience the full story behind one of the most dramatic plots ever conceived. Hear all about Northamptonshire's unique links to the gunpowder plot and discover why Boughton House really is the home of Bonfire Night. An illuminating night of theatre, music, film, dance and drama culminating in a breathtaking fireworks display in the stunning grounds of one of the country's most spectacular stately homes. Gunpowder Treason and Plot is a cultural outdoor spectacular designed for those who want something more explosive for their bonfire night celebrations

TRACKDOWN NT50

TRACKDOWN NT50

TRACKDOWN NT50 was a trail based audio tour and exhibition that told just some of the stories from the last 50 years of the National Theatre.

Including interviews from some of the theatre's most influential directors, performers and behind the scenes staff, TRACKDOWN NT50 allowed players to get to know more about how the theatre works and how it has changed, before finally piecing together the code to unlock the National Theatre Vault - 50 years of props, costumes and stories in a capsule exhibition on London's South Bank.

Track Down MK

Track Down MK

21st - 29th July 2012 - Milton Keynes

METRO-BOULOT-DODO were commissioned by MKIF (Milton Keynes International Festival) in 2012 to create a new app based interactive trail that celebrated the incredible story behind the team that built a new town - Milton Keynes.

Players took part in a unique multi-media game that went on a breathless journey around Xscape Milton Keynes. Armed with a smartphone, players immersed themselves in a world that came to life all around you as they solved clues and complete tasks to move through the levels.

The show used a smartphone app that was made available through the Apple and Google App stores. The trail featured a playful graphical interface that allowed players to input clues as they found them. The app also used a bespoke sounboard design that allowed people's own smartphones to connect to interactive exhibits around the space - controlling arcade machines, radios, TV's and listening posts. This was an early exploration into the internet of things and the possibilities that can come from connected our own devices into the world that surrounds us.

Canons Ashby

Canons Ashby

Sir Henry Dryden liked to throw open the gates of his ancestral home to welcome the local villagers. Working in partnership with the National Trust, we did the same. MBD invited small audiences to slip inside this unusual manor house and enter the fascinating world of the Dryden family by means of a secret atmospheric performance tour.

Whilst the crowds relaxed and enjoyed the gala festivities outside, something curious and otherworldly was happening inside Canons Ashby. Our intimate tour allowed servants to guide people around the house and see it like never before. We re-created past lives and re-lived forgotten memories, using our unique blend of music, performance and visual delights.

CALL ME WHEN YOU GET HERE

CALL ME WHEN YOU GET HERE

With CALL ME, metro-boulot-dodo continued to explore the use of technology as a way to automate and enrich our performance experiences. CALL ME allowed people to use their own smartphones to navigate parts of Oldenburg, Germany, as they discovered strands of a story that explored our addiction to instant communication.

Stacked in shipping containers, every phone starts empty, no contacts, no messages. But the moment your phone becomes active it starts to store your memories on its memory. You choose your ring tone, your screen saver, your address book grows, your photos are stored and the life of your phone becomes a reflection of your own. Soon it becomes your link to the world, a place where you hear and read about moments both mundane and momentous.

LYVEDEN NEW BIELD

LYVEDEN NEW BIELD

On the 5th and 6th of November 2009 the MBD team unveiled their most ambitious and exciting heritage project to date. Lyveden New Bield: Gunpowder, Treason and Plot offered a dazzling, dynamic and sometimes gruesome alternative to the usual bonfire night festivitie. It proved to be THE bonfire night show of 2009.

Lyveden New Bield’s historic connections to the gunpowder plot were celebrated with a striking alternative to the usual bonfire festivities on the 5th and 6th November 2009. The evening spectacle drew on the history of the building and in particular Francis Tresham’s connection with the gunpowder plot of 1605, bringing the building to life using large-scale projections, an original soundtrack, live performance, visual art sculptures and a spectacular lighting and firework display.

Communication Breakdown

Communication Breakdown

COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN is a treasure hunt based storytelling experience first created for Stockton International Riverside Festival. The show was later commissioned to be part of Festival Aan de Werf (Holland) and Flipside Festival (Singapore)

Using a combination of soundtrack, short film, visual installation and performance COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN is an interactive experience that explores the importance of keeping communication alive.

Naseby Battlefield Audio Tour

Naseby Battlefield Audio Tour

We were approached by the Naseby Battlefield Trust to create something innovative and engaging for this legendary English civil war site. We wanted to provide an experience that would help visitors gain a deeper understanding of the heritage of the unique site and the tumultuous events that happened there in the 17th century. The resulting Audio Tour helps convey both the horrors of the battle as well as give some insight into what lives were like at this pivotal time in British history. For this project we worked in many layers of specially created sound design, music and poetry with academic interviews and facts, resulting in a moving and cinematic Audio Tour.

SHINE NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

SHINE NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

Five of Northamptonshire's most interesting and beautiful grade 1 listed churches were brought to life with lighting, performance, sound and moving image as we sought out long gone stories as well as more recent recollections.

MBD created a large scale outdoor spectacle with a huge lighting rig, specially written music and, for the first time, live video sketching, as well as a vast array of digital delights inside each church.

As with all MBD projects, we tirelessly researched the unique history of each building, seeking out characters, myths and events associated with each of these incredible places of worship.

Global Footprint Finale

Global Footprint Finale

Cue lights, cue performers, cue sound and cue huge video projections as our latest heritage spectacular hit Rushden, Northamptonshire. The finale of the county-wide Global Footprint project brought together many months of work across Northamptonshire by a highly skilled team of artists, historians and archivists to celebrate the importance of the County's shoe industry.

Nightscene

Nightscene

Enter NIGHTSCENE: a twisted club/film set where liberties are taken, inhibitions dropped and the audience become part of the action. In just 90 minutes METRO-BOULOT-DODO shoot, edit and premiere a 10-minute film. As the lead character and the director set the scene with a series of disjointed announcements, a DJ supplies a live soundtrack as the backdrop to a series of filming sequences. The audience become extras as the story of one woman's night unfolds. The evening ends with a screening of their film that places them at the scene of some very disturbing events.
An idealistic traveller, finding herself alone in a new city, opens herself up to all possibilities. Stumbling into a dark bar she downs a couple of cocktails and her night slips from her control..... and her memory.

NIGHTSCENE was made for the SEAS International Festival and toured seaside resorts around the Black Sea in 2008 and 2009.

Four Seasons

FOUR SEASONS is a hugely ambitious series of cross-disciplinary work that looks to the seasons to reflect different stages of life.

Four Seasons | Spring

Four Seasons | Spring

Combining interactive technology, sound installations, high quality visual production and metro-boulot-dodo’s quirky sense of humour, SPRING is an interactive large-scale outdoor installation that continually delights children and adults alike.

Four Seasons | Summer

Four Seasons | Summer

SUMMER is the final installment of the FOUR SEASONS project by Metro-Boulot-Dodo. Spans the years between 20 and 40.

Four Seasons | Autumn

Four Seasons | Autumn

AUTUMN is designed for galleries, theatres, or any indoor space with black out facility and offers a thoughtful, warm and intensely atmospheric reflection on the years between forty and sixty.

Four Seasons | Winter

Four Seasons | Winter

WINTER is a beautiful yet haunting interactive installation where small audience groups explore 7 gleaming white hexagons whilst listening to a continuous soundtrack via headphones.

FIB

FIB

Innovative, insightful and utterly unique: FIB is a big, bold eclectic mix of contemporary artforms. In collaboration with musicians, performers and cutting edge digital artists, METRO-BOULOT-DODO use all means at their disposal to answer the question: ‘Why do we lie?’

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