differencEngine are an Off West End nominated company specialising in immersive & interactive theatre. The company was co-founded by Jon Cooper & Andrew Somerville in 2014. Their debut show HEIST was initially meant to run for three weeks, it ran for nine months & sold out in minutes, astounding audiences & partners alike. HEIST saw audiences breaking into a building, interacting through headsets & cameras and attempting to steal a painting without being caught.
“Totally brilliant… I just wish I could do it again”- Time Out
In 2015 differencEngine were commissioned by Electronic Arts UK to create Battlefield Hardline: Live, a high adrenaline, high stakes interactive experience based on the criminal fantasies of the game. The event lasted eight days & saw one group win a £10,000 cash prize.
“Events like differencEngine’s HEIST & Punchdrunk’s The Drowned Man are snapping at the heels of Secret Cinema” – The Londonist
Since then the company has been developing their work in immersive & interactive theatre working with a number of key partners & organisations. The company’s enrichment programme has seen them develop shows for communities & children including partnerships with South London Gallery, The Phoenix Comic and Battersea Arts Centre. differencEngine have also worked with corporate partners such as Merlin Entertainments and EA developing audiences & interactive experiences.
Central to the company’s ethos is creating theatre that immerses a participant into a world where they are both protagonist & hero whilst exploring the boundaries of technology in performance.