A NEW online environmental crime thriller has been produced by the Egg Assembly at the Theatre Royal in Bath for teenagers aged 14-plus.

It has announced Routes, its most innovative project to date. Routes is an interactive online experience taking place from Tuesday, June 1 to Wednesday, June 30.

It lasts for one hour and ticket holders will be able to activate their experience between 2pm and midnight on their chosen date during the run.

The production pitches audience members against the clock in a race to uncover clues and unearth the truth.

Sophie Jacobs-Wyburn, Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Bath’s Theatre School and Director of Routes, said: “We are incredibly excited by Routes, an interactive digital experience forged by young people and very much focused on the world we live in today.

“We are thrilled to bring this unique and pulse-quickening thriller to your homes, playable at leisure from the comfort of your own computer.”

To take part in Routes audience members are invited to join The Egg Assembly online using their own laptop or desktop computer. A first for the Theatre Royal Bath, this cutting edge production combines new digital technology and human creativity with audience participation.

Who you trust is a choice. So, choose. When your friend goes missing unexpectedly, you are the one tasked with finding the answers.

But, in a dangerous world of high stakes dealings, rapidly eroding ancient lands, and volatile shifting alliances, do you have what it takes to untangle the web and discover the answers?

Recommended for individuals and families aged 14-plus, Routes places its online audience firmly in the driving seat.

During a thrilling missing person’s search, Routes sends participants on an escape room style adventure which explores the many threats and challenges facing our natural world, including logging, poaching, corruption and the destruction of forests.

Participants can use many different paths to search for clues so it is possible to play multiple times on the date you’ve booked for.

Routes has been created by a team of 23 young people aged between 15 to 25 years who have worked with a range of experts in the field.

It features nine cast members, directed by Sophie Jacobs-Wyburn, artistic director of Theatre Royal Bath’s Theatre School.

The technology for Routes has been designed and built by a team of six young people from The EggAssembly working with creative technologists from Megaverse, whose previous theatre credits include Frankenstein for the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.

A group of eight young writers from The Egg Assembly have worked on Routes alongside Michelle McMahon, who is an associate artist with interactive theatre makers Coney.

Michelle’s previous credits include working with transformational theatre company, Punchdrunk, and co-creating How We Save The World for the Natural Environmental Research Council and The Natural History Museum.

Alex Duarte-Davies, executive director of Theatre Royal Bath’s Theatre School and The Egg Assembly, said: “Routes represents a year of exploration into our ever-shifting theatrical landscape.

“The company behind The Egg Assembly and the creation of Routes, are the core team behind the Theatre Royal Bath’s Theatre School; a team that champions and empowers young people to express themselves and create authentic and meaningful art.

"Told through their own voices, Routes responds to the growing call of young people wanting to make a change for our future and the environment.”

Tickets cost £10 per device, plus 50p booking fee, from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844, The Egg on 01225 823 409 and online via www.theatreroyal.org.uk