Potential Difference is a theatre company with a passion for making new work that communicates complex theoretical ideas and their impact on the world around us. We take ideas, especially from science and technology, and turn them into thrilling, moving and stimulating stories. To date, we have made work about fragmentation and memory; the mathematical phenomenon of “emergence”, which describes the collective intelligence of swarms; and the world of computer hacking and data privacy.
On each piece we collaborate closely with academics and specialists, feeding their input into every part of the creative process and finding ways for both the story we tell, and the form in which we tell it to respond to the ideas that piece is exploring. Through this unusual creative process, we aim to create experiences that are intellectually and viscerally engaging and challenges the divide between sciences and arts.
“The ideas explored in the play seem to have infiltrated through the entire process of its creation, and there is an impressive rigour to the way the form expresses the content and the content plays with the form. Making complex ideas emotionally engaging and allowing philosophical concepts to be looked at in fresh and subtle ways, Game of Life is a fascinating play… ” Exeunt Magazine on "Game of Life"
Our work straddles theatre-making and technology. We believe technology is one of the biggest forces shaping our present and future and we’re excited to make work that demystifies and interrogates technology and finds new ways to incorporate it into performance and make it part of the audience's experience. We also provide creative technology consultancy to other artists and theatre-makers who are using technology in their work. We have experience working with the processes, budgets and time frames of artists, and in using technology in a way that it becomes an integrated part of a creative project rather than a tacked on gimmick. If you’re interested in knowing more about this side of our work and whether we could work with you, get in touch.
“An inventive use of technology which I have never seen the likes of before. ” Everything Theatre on "Still"
Potential Difference is a company limited by guarantee, (company number 08674697) and a registered charity in England and Wales (registered charity number 1166204)