HOYO is a collaboration to look at how that sense and magic of receiving a hug can be recreated in the realms of VR and Haptic technologies, ultimately a combined live location-based performance and virtual experience, using memories and stories of hugs gathered from two demographic groups living in Salford to form the basis of a 10-minute narrative through the magical form of theatre puppetry. Why puppets? I want the performance to be neutral so that everyone can transpose their own identity, age and physical abilities within the work. Thanks to funding from Arts Council England, Hoyo is about to embark into it’s R&D phase this January. Over the next few days I will add more about the project and share our developments.