Playcraft Live is a collaboration between The Playhouse Theatre in Derry/Londonderry and a diverse team of Minecraft personalities and artists, including world-renowned producers and educators Adam Clarke and MakeMatic. Playcraft Live is commissioned by The Space, which is funded by the BBC and Arts Council England.
Minecraft is the second-best-selling video game of all time (behind Tetris). Designed by Swede Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, it enables players to build constructions out of textured cubes and take part in exploration, engineering, crafting and combat. As of February 2017, Minecraft had sold 121 million copies.
Playcraft Live brings together some of the finest creative talents from theatre and gaming. Leading Minecraft artists and digital producers, Adam Clarke (aka The Wizard) and MakeMatic will work to create virtual sets in Minecraft. And the production will see the dramatisation of a script written specifically for Playcraft Live by internationally successful author of the Time Riders teen novels, Alex Scarrow.
The play will be split between the performances of actors on stage and avatars in Minecraft, with the whole production mixed into a single livestream for all audiences. Characters will slip between the physical world on stage, and the in-game virtual world, which will take them into scenes set across Earth.
Around a third of the scenes will take place on stage at the Playhouse (viewed live and live- streamed online); the remaining scenes will take place in Minecraft (seen live online and on projections at the theatre). In addition, a number of YouTubers will be given the opportunity of watching the action from inside Minecraft during the performance, an experience they can share with their followers, via live images and videos.
And Playcraft Live will have a life beyond the 14 October performance, as a full recording will be available on YouTube.