Twelfth Night in Second Life

08Mar09

I attended a production of Twelfth Night today at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Not the reproduction Globe Theatre in London, nor the copy in Japan. This was a virtual build in Second Life.

The actors were a mixture of professional and amateur actors who are members of the SL Shakespeare Company.

The theatre itself was an interesting build, though not at the cutting edge of texture and lighting design in SL; probably designed for a low prim count (reducing lag – as this problem causes poor video graphic performance). But it is certainly a virtual venue that adds period atmosphere to the performance.

The performance, of the First Act from the play, was enjoyable; both in terms of the dialogue by the actors and for the quality of some of the sets and costumes.

One of the beauties of creating a virtual production is that a very modest scenery and costume budget creates sets and clothing that would be incredibly expensive to duplicate in real life (or RL as SL users would say).

Below are a few snaps taken during the performance. The play will run on Sunday’s at 8pm UK time for the next few weeks. The next Act of the play will be performed in a couple of months time.

The audience on the night I attended was composed of around 70 Second Life residents.

The company have a website: SLShakespeare.com

Twelfth Night in SL Poster

Twelfth Night in SL Poster

Globe Theatre in SL

Globe Theatre in SL

Twelfth Night - Scene

Twelfth Night - Scene

Twelfth Night - Another Scene

Twelfth Night - Another Scene

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Curtain Call

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