This event spans multiple dates:
19 May 2023 16.00 - 23.00 Umney Lounge, Robinson College.
20 May 2023 09.00 - 23.00 Faculty of Law, Sidgwick Site.


Memories are critical to the ways we narrativise ourselves and our relationships, but they are often contested, unstable, and fallible. The digital seemingly stands in contrast: with memory referring to literal hard storage and a codified process of acquiring, storing, retaining, and later retrieving information. But what else can memory mean when we offload and upload moments to Notes apps and Image folders and Instagram stories? We catalog ourselves on Facebook and MySpace and GeoCities as if the archives are stable. We think about these technologies as lossless ways of preserving moments, not partners in the process of exchange.

Where is the boundary between our memories, community memories, and our digital selves? How much of ourselves do we offload onto devices and technologies? How much is uploaded to us in return? Is deleting a file the same as forgetting? Do our devices become a part of ourselves? And how much of our memories are now shaped by these connections?

Why Digital Theatre?
Lockdowns underscored the importance of digital/hybrid work to reach audiences – and offered a platform for more experimental forms that are increasingly finding a space in theatres keen to explore their potential.

While digital technology is increasingly embedded in our day-to-day lives, collaborations between technologists and theatremakers remain largely unexplored, particularly for small-scale productions. This project is an open-ended experiment asking us to re-examine practices and traditions of memory allocation. Part hackathon, part 24-hour play.

What is the hackathon?
We are inviting teams to develop 5-10 minute technically-driven plays around the theme of memory allocation. The production and development will follow a hackathon timeline as it allows free experimentation and aligns with a 24-hour play structure. Every stage of development will happen concurrently for an energised exploration that will culminate in a one-off performance Performances in the Judith Wilson Studio.

– Claire Carroll is a writer and Ph.D. candidate in Digital Humanities. She holds a BA in English and Computer Science from Yale University and an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews.
– Ben Anderson is a director and Ph.D. candidate in English. He is a Junior Associate at the King’s Head Theatre. He holds a BA from the University of St Andrews in Art History and English Literature and an MA in Theatre and Performance from King’s College London.

– Caroline Bassett is the Director of Cambridge Digital Humanities. Her latest book, Furious: Technological Feminism and Digital Futures, was co-authored with Sarah Kember and Kate O’Riordan
– Giulia Carla Rossi is the Curator for Digital Publications at the British Library and works on their Emerging Formats Project.
Additional judges to be announced.

Application Deadline: April 10, 2023 at 23.59 GMT

The theatre hackathon is supported by CDH. We welcome mentorship and sponsorship from interested organisations; please get in touch with the organisers at and

Call for Participants

Call for Participants
Interested creators are welcome to apply for roles as developers, directors, writers, actors, designers, and engineers. You can apply as an individual or as a complete team and are welcome to hold multiple roles on the same team. Teams will meet virtually in advance of the hackathon.

Please fill out the application form here. If you have any questions please contact the organizers at and

If travel to Cambridge or the English Faculty is prohibitive, writer and developer roles could be carried out exclusively on discord. Please get in touch if there are any additional ways we can accommodate your participation.

Application Deadline: April 10, 2023 at 23.59 GMT


Friday 19th May
16.00 - 18.00

Cambridge-based teams can arrive at Robinson College.


18.00 - 19.00

Hybrid meet and greet at Robinson College and on Discord.


19.00 - 19.15

Development/writing kickoff on Discord.


19.00 - 23.00

Organisers and mentors stay online for Q&A/ support.



Saturday 20th May
9.00 - 10.00

Participants arrive at the Law Faculty, Sidgwick site, for catered coffee and breakfast, followed by teams working in breakout rooms.

10.00 - 10.30

Health and Safety walkthrough of the Judith Wilson studio (mandatory for directors).

10.30 - 12.30

Tech testing in the theatre.

12.00 - 13.00


13.00 - 18.00

Each team will be allocated rehearsal and run through time in the studio and will otherwise be able to work in their breakout room.

17.00 - 18.00

Dinner will be available in the lounge.

18.00 - 18.30

Studio cleared for house open.

19.00 - 20.00

Performances in the Judith Wilson Studio.

20.00 - 20.30

Q&A discussion.

20.30 - 20.45

Judges announce winners.

21.00 - 23.00

Participants are welcome to mingle at The Anchor pub.

Cambridge Digital Humanities

Tel: +44 1223 766886