Kai is a game designer who loves theatre. Francine is a theatre maker who delights in games. They found each other at a participatory theatre show by Coney in London. Their practices flirted with each other diligently and blossomed into a deep love for each other. The rest is history….or shall we say the future making itself ‘present’ in the now.
As artistic humans and romantic partners, we strive to create performances that open up possibility and play, challenging audiences to question and dream. We’ve only just started our journey – we value highly the combined power of theatre and games as art forms that support change and potential repatterning, making a more sustainable, equal and just planet for all.
Kai Oliver aka Bagel!
Co-founder and Game Designer
Kai is a game designer based at game company Preloaded, London, where he makes educational games and experiences that have ‘play with purpose’ at their heart. He has a Masters in Physics, and more recently a Masters in Game Design and Development from the world renowned National Film and Television School. Even more recently he has turned to interactive music production and human computer interface research using Ableton, Arduino and MaxMSP. Right now, it’s all about Bagel+Balloon.
Francine Dulong aka Balloon!
Co-founder and Theatre Practitioner
Francine is a physical theatre performer, educator and Applied Theatre artist from Nova Scotia, Canada. Her training has taken her from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver (BA French and Theatre) to L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, Paris and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London studying an MA in Applied Theatre. She has created and performed work across North America, Korea and the UK/Europe. Francine is a full-time member of THAT! ensemble, a group that uses dance, theatre and movement to compose live vocal music. She is also the co founder and co-artistic director of Blooming Ludus – a participatory theatre company that explores human connection to the planet in our current climate crisis.