Creative Cluster

StoryFutures Creative Cluster creates and helps fund R&D projects with creative businesses in the 'Gateway Cluster region' immediately to London's west.

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StoryFutures Academy delivers cutting edge training in immersive technology and immersive storytelling for the traditional screen industries nationwide.

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Writers Room

StoryFutures Academy Writers Rooms have been established to train writers and content creators for the immersive future. Writers Rooms will draw in writers and ideas generators from across sectors and disciplines to explore the possibilities of immersive technologies.

We will expose participants to new approaches and understandings of story form, bringing together writers from traditional screen industries with appropriate collaborators with relevant skills in drama, technology and design. Writers Rooms will allow participants to work with our creative partner Punchdrunk.

Most labs will be call-driven, responding to a proven need or request for writers and content creators for a particular sector, approach or technology.

Participants will have the opportunity to apply for StoryFutures Academy funding opportunities, on-set training programmes and development and co-production schemes.

Immersive Game Lab & Commission
We invite writers to apply for our Immersive Game Lab & Commission, in collaboration with InGAME (Innovation for Games and Media Enterprise) which supports the Dundee Games Cluster.


In light of the growing concerns around Coronavirus (COVID-19), StoryFutures Academy has made the decision to postpone the Game Lab, in partnership with InGame, to a later date.

(Updated: 23 March, 2020)

Applications: Immersive Game Lab & Commission
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Immersive Theatre - Creating Content

Applications for this event are now closed.

Date: 11th and 12th December 2019

Location: Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX

A 2-day Writers Room which aims to give theatre practitioners an introduction to storytelling in Immersive spaces. Working with Practitioners from Punchdrunk, creative technologists and Adam Ganz, Head of Writers Room. During the workshop participants will be introduced to a range of technologies, explore Punchdrunk's approach to storytelling and develop their own immersive project in response to space.


The lab is for experienced creative professionals who are interested in making innovative use of Immersive Technology (Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality/Mixed Reality/Immersive Sound or other) and are looking for an opportunity to expand into immersive storytelling. Participants must have at least 2-3 substantive credits and evidence an interest in immersive and show how participation in the workshop will enable them to move into new areas or otherwise expand or deepen their work.

Selection is competitive.

Applications should be made in teams of two - participants should clearly indicate on the application form who they are applying with. All participants must be able to attend on both days of this event.

Applications may be from two people from an established theatre company or writer/ director/ performer teams.

Applicants should include a 1 page CV for each participant and a joint one-page statement about what they understand as the possibilities of Immersive Theatre, including a one-paragraph description (no more than 100 words) of an immersive theatrical project they would like to achieve. This can be real or speculative.

If required the application form allows for the submission of links to a video application, rather than a written application. Please adhere to the same criteria.

StoryFutures Academy operates with a pledge to ensure 50% of participants are women and 20% are from BAME backgrounds.

The workshop is free. Reasonable, pre-agreed travel expenses will be met.

Applications for this event are now closed.

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