Why do people love interactive theatre?


George Chrysostomou explores the trend of interactive theatre, from immersive staging in Mamma Mia! The Party to getting the audience involved in Quiz The Play

The theatre industry is constantly evolving and 2024 will see new breakthroughs in technology and experimental approaches to the art form that will reinvent and reinvigorate the experience for audiences. Theatre is, after all, entirely focused on how the story is perceived by the crowd and productions are finding new, innovative ways of making shows far more interactive.

“The theatre industry is constantly evolving”

Interactivity encourages accessibility and engagement, and there are sure to be some bright new ideas developed as this topic is explored in more detail. While not all of the changes happening across the theatrical industry will be mainstays, it’s encouraging to see performers and creatives embrace unique interactive elements.

Where a show is located fictionally is as important as where the audience witnesses the production. Often, these two things are not compatible. Theatres have limits and that can take viewers out of the world that the producers are trying to craft. A set can only do so much of the heavy lifting, but new immersive staging has changed how the audience is able to interact with the world into which they are transported.
A recent run of Macbeth for example, starring Ralph Fiennes and Indira Varma, was staged in warehouses across the country. While it was an unusual choice for the Shakespearean production, it’s one that allowed for a more nuanced experience that played to the themes of this particular interpretation and gave the show a more grungy and gritty feel.