Sandbox was developed in 2008 by iShed, part of Watershed in Bristol. The inaugural Media Sandbox supported six companies from across the South West to develop early stage digital media ideas. Now in its fourth year, 19 companies have participated in Media and Theatre Sandboxes, creating games, apps, installations and software.
In 2012 REACT collaborated with iShed to deliver Heritage Sandbox, which supported six projects exploring new experiences around heritage. Books&Print, REACT's second sandbox, began production in January 2013. Future Documentary will be the third REACT Sandbox.
“I felt a real sense of support and a fantastic feeling of relief that people were struggling with the same questions that we were. It was also great to feel part of other people's projects, watching them take shape and asking pertinent questions to help them develop their work.” Theatre Sandbox Participant