Draw Me Close

Combining performance, motion capture & VR

Draw Me Close

Draw Me Close imagines the last moment shared between playwright Jordan Tannahill and his mother before her death, as she squeezes his hand, and the deluge of narratives, questions, and revelations contained within that final gesture.

A deceptively simple and human approach to immersive technology allows the audience member to experience life as five-year-old Jordan inside a live, illustrated world. Jordan’s mother is played by an actor whose movements are translated into the virtual world using motion capture while she engages with you in the physical world. Both actor and audience member experience an early childhood memory as they bring it to life.

Draw Me Close is a co-production between the National Theatre and the NFB, in collaboration with All Seeing Eye and developed from illustrations by Teva Harrison. It is experienced using Orion, a unique HTC Vive motion capture system developed by Ikinema. The experience toured to Tribeca and Venice Film Festivals in 2017 to critical acclaim.