Two friends meet Bob, a blob of light, and their world becomes brighter with him inside of it. With him they play games, make adventures and explore. But one day Bob fades away and the two are left to come to terms with his unexpected disappearance from their lives.

Using ground breaking interactive live projections, light manipulation, movement and sound, Bob will be a 50 minute piece performed by two Japanese movement artists, exploring bereavement and loss in a playful, accessible and truthful way for young people.

Bob underwent an R&D in Autumn 2019 – Feb 2020, in partnership with Bristol Old Vic’s Ferment programme, Grief Encounter South West and Pervasive Media Studio. It will be fully developed for a premiere tour in Spring 2022.


Creative Team

  • Director: Amy Draper
  • Projection Design: Nina Dunn
  • Dramaturg: Stewart Melton
  • Performers: Haruka Kuroda, Dai Tabuchi and Arran Glass
  • Produced by Tessa Bide Productions
  • “Orb” image: courtesy,


R&D blog

In August 2019, we partnered with the magnificent Pervasive Media Studios at Watershed, Bristol, for a tech residency to play with who Bob is and how to create him. Victoria Tillotson — Talent Development Lead at Pervasive Media Studios — wrote this blog about the week and our experiments with Mi.Mu gloves and more!



Here are some screenshots taken from the R&D at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2017. Professional production shots are on their way!