Medway Megaliths is a five-part sci-fi drama that premiered in June of 2021, created with young artists from Medway and Sheppey using AR filters and 3D audio.

Located in the lower valley of the Medway River, the Medway Megaliths are a series of ancient stone monuments shrouded in mystery and folklore. No one knows what they are for or who put them there, but throughout 2020 our young people collaborated with the creative team at Sparked Echo to solve this mystery, working digitally on the script, performance, sound, set design and props.

These students experimented with digital form, trialling innovative approaches to storytelling where audiences could experience each of the five parts through shifting formats. The series takes viewers on a journey that uses 3D audio and AR video to create moments of monologue and dramatic effect.

In the spirit of collaboration and embracing our ‘new normal’ face on, Theatre31 worked with its partners to adapt structures to fit the ever-changing climate of the Covid-19 pandemic, whilst maintaining sessions that were fun, inspiring, and authentic. The whole creative journey happened online, in a ‘co-rehearsal space’ set up by our young artists and Sparked Echo.

Medway Megaliths is a SparkedEcho project 
Commissioned by Theatre31 

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