Solid State Drive: Playtest

Support the development of a new project by artist Ryan Heath


24th October 2023–25th October 2023

What time

Various times


Broadway Gallery,

17 Heathcoat Street,



(or via Broadway's main entrance)



Join us in Broadway's Gallery to experience a new digital interactive artwork and share your useful feedback.

Book a 30-minute playtesting session to support the development of SOLID STATE DRIVE, a new project by Nottingham artist and Near Now Studio member Ryan Heath.

The aim of these playtesting sessions is to test the concepts behind the project and to evaluate whether it is something that people would want to engage with more. During the playtest, you will be asked to experience the game and provide feedback by answering a few questions.

Only those with tickets will be allowed to playtest. Participants must be 16+

SOLID STATE DRIVE (2023) by Ryan Heath

SOLID STATE DRIVE (2023) by Ryan Heath

Dates and times

Book a 30-minute playtesting session on:

  • Tues 24 Oct, between 1:30PM–7:00PM
  • Wed 25 Oct, between 12:00PM–7:00PM

View available sessions and book via Eventbrite.

Only one person can take part in playtesting the game per session, but feel free to bring along an additional person/s who can observe.

Near Now Studio Talk

Join us at Broadway on Tuesday 24 October, 12:00PM–1:00PM for a lunchtime Studio Talk with Ryan Heath.

Ryan will share insights into the making and ongoing development of SOLID STATE DRIVE.

What is Solid State Drive?

SOLID STATE DRIVE (2023) is “an existential arcade machine: a non-game, a relic of retail and a new interactive work of fiction".

It explores the birth, life and death of a retro racer — a gaming experience commonly found in bygone brick-and-mortar arcades. While these spaces have shrunk in the face of an increasingly digitised world, our racing simulator has had time to contemplate. Instead of competing, our vehicle takes us on a journey off-course to the back end of its software. Roaming through these cavernous networks, our program delivers a monologue questioning the relevance of both itself and the experience it is supposed to provide.


If you have any access needs or information you wish to share which would help us support you better during the playtesting session, please complete the form when booking a session or by emailing

Broadway's Gallery space is located on the lower ground floor of Broadway Cinema, nestled within Broadway’s design and innovation studio spaces behind Cinema Screens 3 and 4. The space can be accessed via Broadway's main entrance but also has direct access from Heathcoat Street.

Broadway’s design and innovation spaces are fully wheelchair accessible, with ramps and lift access from Broadway’s Box Office.

Ryan Heath