Roma Patel is a scenographer and digital artist based in the UK. Her work is focused on the points of intersection between performance, site-specific scenography and interactive technologies. In 1999, in parallel with her theatre commissions, she started experimenting with 3D digital technologies as a tool for set design and progressed to designing virtual environments for digital storytelling using real-time visualisations and augmented reality. In 2013 she joined Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training programme and Mixed Reality Lab at University of Nottingham to investigates the integration of interactive and wearable technology in scenography for early years theatre (under 3’s). Her current research is influenced by her collaborations with the Irish site-specific theatre company Coracadorca, exposure to the wonderful world of theatre for the very young (after the birth of her daughter) and the growing accessibility of tangible, and wearable technologies through the Maker movement.
Sam has worked extensively with community groups who encounter communication difficulties, or English is not their first language, using storytelling, creative writing, play-writing and drama, based on personal histories, identity and objects to encourage participation.
Sam’s experience complements our project, based on the use of ‘the familiar’ to bring out peoples stories, with advantage of her writing skills furthering our artistic practice and knowledge and depth of art works.
Working with ESOL learners, Sam created an Exhibition at Oldham Community Gallery, ‘Whatamacallit?’ Around the World in 23 Objects. Looking at personal objects they had brought to the UK and its background story.
Sam has worked at; Oldham College, Manchester Adult Education Services, Oxfam-playwriting with a young peoples group, Fatima’s Women’s Association creating The Oral History Project.
Sam is passionate about enabling those who are not heard, to speak, tell their story and be valued within their community.