King Lear Online

Tom Gorman (Artist), Mikko Kanninen (Artist), Tiina Syrja (Artist)

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchPerformance


The text chosen for this second stage was King Lear and we explored both a large ‘public’ scene and more intimate sections from the text in order to examine how this pedagogy enables rehearsal work in these differing circumstances. This second version refined both the technology and the teaching developed during the initial instalment of the project: Coriolanus Online. Work continued on developing both spaces to give the illusion of one single, unified rehearsal room. Placement of cameras and projection techniques was central to improving the performer experience, but we wanted to keep the equipment used both affordable and user-friendly so that it can be accessible to a wide variety of user groups.

A variety of online tools were used to support work in the main rehearsal spaces with a Facebook group created to assist with timings, schedules, sharing research and visual materials, and the web conferencing/presentation tool, Adobe Connect is utilised to provide a series of contextual lectures delivered by experts in both institutions as well as individualised rehearsal rooms for each student group. Complementing the work in the main space, Adobe became the place where the actors repurposed these online tools for social interaction.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 17 Mar 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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  • Research Output

    • 1 Conference proceeding
    • 1 Article

    Immersive Telepresence: A framework for training and rehearsal in a postdigital age

    Gorman, T., Syrja, T. & Kanninen, M., Oct 2019, "Blended and online education within European university networks": Overview of papers on Higher Education for the Future as presented during the Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference in Madrid, October 2019. Ubachs, G. & Joosten-Adriaanse, F. (eds.). European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU), p. 237-252 16 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

    Open Access
  • There is a world elsewhere: rehearsing and training through immersive telepresence

    Gorman, T., Kanninen, M. & Syrja, T., 2019, In : Theatre, Dance and Performance Training. 10, 2, p. 208-226 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    Coventry University Excellence Award

    Tom Gorman (Recipient), Mikko Kanninen (Recipient) & Tiina Syrja (Recipient), 14 Jun 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Coventry University Excellence Award for Internationalisation of the Curriculum

    Tom Gorman (Recipient), Mikko Kanninen (Recipient) & Tiina Syrja (Recipient), 29 Jun 2016

    Prize: National/international honour

    QS Reimagine Education Gold Award Arts and Humanities

    Tom Gorman (Recipient), Mikko Kanninen (Recipient) & Tiina Syrja (Recipient), 30 Nov 2018

    Prize: National/international honour

    Cite this

    Gorman, T. (Artist), Kanninen, M. (Artist), & Syrja, T. (Artist). (2017). King Lear Online. Performance