The War of 1812 Immersive Show

Heritage Canada

For the 200th anniversary of the war, Canadian Heritage commissioned a museum but also wanted a show of some kind. Working with Vista Arts, I scripted two shows. One was for a three-screen immersive presentation depicting a key—and disastrous—battle from the war. Director Scott Weber did a masterful job of cutting the footage for this from an existing drama. The video was supplemented by a 17-channel soundtrack, plenty of musket smoke and even battlefield odours.

The second show was a shadow play we created from scratch and projected on the walls of a canvas tent from the period. The drama was set on the eve of the battle, and in it, soldiers gripe about living conditions in the field and express their reluctance to fight Americans who might well be their blood relatives. It ends with the soldiers being mustered for the big battle.