area of science: Coral reefs


The Great Barrier Reef, 1995.

Meera is eleven. It’s her first sleepover. Strawberry Dunkaroos, Sega Mega Drive and coral fragment analysis descends into torch-lit storytelling from sleeping bags.

Lights off. In the corner, Meera’s aquarium is beginning to glow.

Outside over the reef, the Frogman hovers, looking for traces of a missing child.

As police search lights refract through the ocean, the annual coral bloom is due, creating an underwater snowstorm. Time is running out.

A coming-of-age, supernatural thriller, this is a ground-breaking theatre experience, experienced in VR headsets and live theatre from double Fringe First-winners, curious directive.

Audience capacity of 60, all in synchronised VR.


a curious directive, Hull UK City of Culture 2017, The Deep aquarium, The Old Market co-production in association with Brisbane Powerhouse.


5-9 September The Old Market, Brighton
19-23 September – Theatre Royal Plymouth
27-29 September – The Junction, Cambridge
4-6 October – Oxford Playhouse, Burton Taylor Studio
7-11 October – The egg, Bath
17-19 October Warwick Arts Centre
23-28 October – Norwich Arts Centre

1-11 November – Hull 2017 



4-14 April - Shoreditch Town Hall, London

17-21 April - Arts Depot, London

24-28 April - Norwich Theatre Royal - on sale soon.


British Council Showcase 2017

'curious directive are theatre pioneers' - The Daily Telegraph

★★★★ ‘...touching and nostalgic.’ – The Independent
★★★★ ‘a 360 heightening of the senses’ – The Sunday Mail