Studio Talk and Workshop: Sound Catchers

Exploring Creative Technologies, Participation and Dramaturgy with Sound Catchers

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Suitable for ages 15+. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.


10th January 2024

What time

1:00PM–4:00PM (see timings below)



14-18 Broad Street,




Free (booking required)

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Suitable for ages 15+. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Sound Catchers is a concept for outdoor performance using live percussion, dance and digital technologies.

Join us in the Workshop space at Broadway for this lunchtime talk and workshop with dance artist and Near Now Studio member Jess Murray.

Studio Talk


Sound Catchers is developed by Jess Murray, and musician Mitch Oldham.

Jess and Mitch will be joined by their creative technologist collaborator David Wilson-Clarke to share the wearable technology and props used in Sound Catchers' roving ‘walk-about’ performance to co-create sound and movement with audiences in the moment. They will also talk about the process of developing the tech and the show, and their developing ideas for a community cast performance workshop due to be premiered at Nottingham Light Night on 2nd February 2024 at Broadway.

They will also talk about the process of bringing together a creative design team to develop ideas for a 2-metre high roving tower set-piece that will house percussion alongside light and sound generating installations that are operated through movement.



Stick around after the talk to take part in a practical movement-based workshop.

Experiment with sound-generating wearable technologies using improvisation strategies to develop narrative based around the themes of the show.



Your chance to talk to the Sound Catchers team and find out more about their work and the project.

Capturing audiences' sounds using 'the Sound Catcher'.

Capturing audiences' sounds using 'the Sound Catcher'.

About Sound Catchers

In Sound Catchers, performers portray ‘alien’ characters that are gathering sounds and rhythms to understand the human species through movement, sound and rhythm. The aim is to develop sound-generating wearable tech and static devices that blur the lines between movement and instrumental playing.

The performance uses live sound sampling and sound manipulation through ‘the Sound Catcher', a prop device which captures audience sound bites and transforms them into music that performers use to dance and play with audiences in real-time.

The show has appeared at Grimsby Creates Noise, Beeston Light Night and Derby Festé as well as securing many dates with Applause Rural Touring. It will be performed at Nottingham Light Night in Feb 2024.