Davy and Kristin McGuire

The society, haunted and cursed with primal fears, has attracted a new master. Dracula’s book awaits The Invited. Turn its spectral pages and unleash his spirit.

The Invited is a theatrical augmented reality experience that reimagines the gothic story of Dracula in a seance in which a pop-up book serves as a conduit for Dracula’s curse to re-enter current society.

Set in a dark secret location, a physical book and a tablet/looking glass, summon the audience through an unsettling shared experience. Each turn of page reveals a new exquisite pop-up set and new ghostly animations that seep from the page to transform the world outside into a gripping horror story.

Walkthrough video – 2020

Intended audience

The Invited will be a haunting and eerie experience. It will bring together a wide cultural cross section of people aged 15+ years old,, from cult horror aficionados, comic-con fans, cosplay devotees and goths, to gamers, tech lovers, and thrill seekers as well as fine art lovers, theatre goers and ‘high brow’ culture vultures.

Creator’s statement

We want to bring our expertise in digital projection mapping, fine art and theatrical storytelling into the field of augmented reality. We want to push the boundaries of what the technology can do and use it as a tool to conjure intricate narratives, intense atmospheres and ‘dark magic’.

We believe that Dracula is a great subject matter to do this with. The vampire is an eternal figure that lays dormant, returning to infect the world, take over society and bring chaos when the cultural and political situation is right. Dracula may just be a message for our time.

Technical summary

An experience for AR devices including a physical book with detailed papercraft pop-ups on each page. The application features 360 tracking of the book’s location and environment. Virtual effects and audio are overlaid in AR bringing the pages to life.

Project team details

  • Davy and Kristin McGuire – Concept, Design and Direction
  • Meggan Gumbrell – Creative Technologist
  • Adam Tunnicliffe – Creative Technologist
  • Spesh Maloney – Sound Designer and Composer
  • Karin Brown – Dramaturg
  • Nesta Nelson – Producer Back to Ours – Producing Partner

Team profile

Magical and exquisitely crafted, Davy and Kristin McGuire’s universe is full of visual wonders.’ The Guardian

Davy and Kristin McGuire are a multiaward winning artist duo, renowned for their idiosyncratic experiments in digital projection and storytelling. They work across the mediums of film, fine art, installation, theatre, immersive art, digital art and experience design.

Their productions have won an Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award, an Australian Helpmann Award and their large scale immersive visitor attraction – A Night at the Mansion was awarded Innovation of the Year this year at the Museum and Heritage Awards.

Past work

  • 2019 – A Night at the Mansion
  • 2018 – Banquet of Hoshena
  • 2017 – Micropolis
  • 2015 – Precious Moments
  • 2014 – Theatre Book Macbeth
  • 2013 – Floating City
  • 2013 – The Paper Architect
  • 2012 – Alchimie de Courvoisier
  • 2009 – The Icebook