art // play // tech // maths
who I AM
Photo by @_adamajalloh
I am Mel.
I create inter-disciplinary artworks, sometimes performances, sometimes games, sometimes both.
My work uses gaming and performance structures to build responsive, meaningful and dynamic interactive experiences.
I am a digital storyteller. I am particularly interested in using transmedia approaches to create projects that bleed between the digital and the physical world, and sometimes exist within the liminal space between them.
I am a creative mathematician. I have a degree in Mathematics, and a lot of my work is informed by mathematical ideas and processes. Specifically, I am interested in the ways systems of all types - social, economic, political, environmental relate to emotions and behaviours, and to ideas less rigorously defined - fear, doubt, hope.
wHAT I DO
By Hayley McGee
Photograph: Sophie le Roux
Melanie is currently working on a series of works about playful economics and widening access to education on this often elitist subject.
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Visiting Lecturer and Digital Consultant
with the Applied Theatre team working to explore and promote best practice in digital interactivity in applied theatre projects.
Paper Nations - Beyond the Book
Beyond the Book is a new scheme that aims to develop innovative models for writing and publication, promoting dialogue between writers, technologists and new publishers.
Writer, Artist, Facilitator
Melanie has worked artistically on a variety of projects for Coney since 2017.
Escape Room Puzzle Book
Soon to be announced interactive writing project in collaboration with author Charles Phillips.
Alternarration - Peshkar
Digital artwork exploring the tension between knowledge and fear. IMPRINT was commissioned as part of Alternarration which approached the sensitive issue of youth radicalisation with partners in Belgium and Macedonia on a project funded through the Erasmus+ programme.
The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale
by Haley McGee
The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale premiered in London at Camden People's Theatre in Nov-Dec 2018. This autobiographical work offers eight items “for sale” – all gifts from Haley’s exes – and introduces a brand new formula, developed with math expert Melanie Frances, to calculate the cost of love.
Assistant Director - Tortoise in a Nutshell
A brand new piece of exciting, innovative visual theatre co-produced with Figurteatret i Nordland (Nordland Visual Theatre) and in association with Macrobert Arts Centre.
Algorithm for Deviance
Artist - Heather Barnett's
Crowd Control Festival
Crowd Control explored the mechanisms of collective behaviour through observation, simulation and experimentation. Connecting visual, digital and performance art practices with contemporary scientific research, law and urban design.
Lead Artist & Producer, Brent Museum and Archives & Tricycle Theatre
A multi-stage community arts project with poet Simon Mole, local care homes, youth groups and individuals, gathering poems, stories and memories about Brent.
Creator and Director
EUTC Edinburgh Festival Fringe Production 2015. A devised piece on the life and work of Ada Lovelace.
Melanie is the Co-Artistic Director of interactive, digital theatre company Produced Moon.
Melanie has co-created and co-directed all of Produced Moon’s projects, including two sell-out Edinburgh Fringe runs.