Second Life Theatre

I just returned from a strange but impressive live performance of Hamlet. It was performed by a myriad of nameless avatars in Second Life. Hamlet was played by an oversized Sumo wrestler with a squirrel tail and Claudius was played by an angelic figure wearing a crown and Denmark flag as a robe. It was all a bit odd, but the performances were solid, albeit a bit rigid given the limits of my video card. My only other disappointment was “the Ghost.” When you are in a world where everyone can fly, be translucent, and take on a chilling appearance, it is rather difficult to set yourself apart as “a ghost.”

Ok, so I really didn’t watch a play performed by Second Life characters…but how long before this happens? Or has it already? The world of live virtual performances and storytelling is a new an interesting phenomena, one that I know very little about thus far. Have any of you experienced this sort of thing?

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About Bernard Bull

Dr. Bernard Bull is the author of Missional Moonshots, Assistant Vice President of Academics, Associate Professor of education, and a frequent keynote speaker and consultant on topics related to educational innovation and entrepreneurship, futures in education, and the intersection of education and digital culture. Opinions expressed here do not reflect those of his primary employer(s).