The participatory technology team co-created two digital prototypes to support Realwheels’ theatre production process. One of the prototypes was a website that was structured around facilitating remote collaboration and centralizing digital communication between the theatre and participants. The other prototype was a digital blocking map to help record and visualize staging decisions.
When we think about accessibility and theatre, most of us assume we are talking from a member of the audience’s point of view. However, the challenge that the team was presented with was to adapt the theatre process for remote participation and it had to be accessible to all the Realwheels’ participants. Our research process was exhaustive, and thanks to the client, we had the chance to collaborate with two participants that provided very important insight for our primary research. We consulted with them through the whole design and development process to make sure what we were creating was accessible.