The examination of political and cultural reality through performance lies at the heart of theatre, and Roy and Bart’s work sought to marry this to player agency and narrative interaction. In 2013 they founded Wispfire together with two other HKU alumni with the intent to bring their knowledge and background to video games. The company’s first major project, Herald, tackles the politics of identity in a multicultural society against the backdrop of the formative years of modern society: 19th century colonialism.
Bart Heijltjes finished a Master of Arts in Performance Design at the Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU) in 2013. As part of this programme he wrote a paper on interaction in narrative performances and created a 4-part series of interactive theatrical performances together with his partner Roy van der Schilden.