In The Press
Here you will find press coverage of our latest projects, awards and work. Check back regularly for updates, there always something going on at Round Midnight.
Meet the theatre company using VR to support vulnerable communities
Ever been engrossed in theatre at the West End? Well, Birmingham-based theatre company Round Midnight takes drama to the next level by using cutting-edge educational technology to create a fully immersive experience.
The creative arts company work primarily with young vulnerable people on the edge of criminality. With their groundbreaking virtual reality films, the company encourages participants to look at the nature of risk-taking behavioural choices and discuss the consequences of such actions. Young people explore the themes of gang culture, criminal exploitation, peer pressure, knife crime and risk-taking & anti-social behaviour.
Virtual reality anti-knife crime workshops staged in Bolton schools
Youngsters across Bolton will be learning about the impact of knife crime during virtual reality workshops.
Birmingham theatre group using VR in fight against school knife crime - Birmingham Live
THEATRE COMPANY DELIVERS VIRTUAL REALITY PROGRAMME TO HELP WEST MIDLANDS POLICE TO REDUCE KNIFE CRIME
Birmingham- based theatre company, Round Midnight Creative Arts is working with West Midlands Police to help reduce knife crime within the region.
As part of its Virtual_Decisions Universe, Round Midnight was commissioned by the West Midlands Police to create a new virtual reality (VR) film called Virtual_Decisions: KNIVES, following the success of its award-winning film about gang cultures.
New film hammers home consequences of carrying a knife - Solihull Observer
Interactive film launched to tackle knife crime - BBC Midlands Today
Virtual_Decisions: KNIVES, a new interactive film is being launched in schools today to tackle the problem of knife crime in the West Midlands.
The virtual reality program will challenge young people to make decisions about knives, which determine how the film ends.
Knife crime has more than doubled in the region since 2012.
VRWorldTech dubs Virtual_Decisions: KNIVES a "really engaging way to educate young people".
Mark Dugdale has covered the Virtual_Decisions: KNIVES trials on the VR World Tech website, in his latest article, “VR proves impactful in educating young people about dangers of knife crime”.
Innovation Alliance recognise the work of Round Midnight
A case study of Round Midnight’s Virtual_Decisions featured on the Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands Innovation Tracker.
Round Midnight Featured in London Tech Week: 12 Clusters of Tech
BBC Radio West Midlands: Virtual_Decisions Feature
Round Midnight were visited by BBC Radio West Midlands journalist Robert Trigg in March. Mr. Trigg came along to our Birmingham office to try out Virtual_Decisions, our groundbreaking VR film that tackles challenging PSHE subjects with student’s own decision making abilities at its core.
Both the interview and the BBC Radio West Midlands feature were brought about by the ‘Knives Cost Lives’ campaign which was a collaborative initiative between the BBC and West Midlands Police.
‘Knives Cost lives’ has been running across the BBC breakfast show in the Midlands and a number of amnesty bins have also been placed across Birmingham and the Black Country in an effort to raise awareness over the rising concern of knife crime in the area.
Birmingham Live: Ones to Watch in 2021
BBC Radio: Discussing Virtual_Decisions
One of our directors, Stuart Lane, discussed Virtual_Decisions on BBC Radio with Jeremy Vine for the segment on ‘Violent Crime’.
Take a listen below:
UKTN: The Home of UK Tech
Channel 4: VR vs Gangs
VIRTUAL_DECISIONS was featured as part of a short Channel 4 News documentary “VR vs GANGS” (filmed by Reuben + Jamie Ltd). Pupils, teachers, youth workers and police were interviewed to see if this kind of VR experience can offer young people a safe-environment to explore subjects of peer pressure, violent behaviour and gang culture.
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