Lucas Chih-Peng Kao and Company – Portals

Lucas Chih-Peng Kao and Company – Portals
Dates and times
16th Dec 2023
Check venue opening times
All ages

Experience this 360 degree film experience through Virtual Reality!

Book a VR headset session, slots available
from 3pm to 7pm on 11 November
from 1pm to 5pm on 16 December

Bookings via eventbrite>
(Sessions last 30 minutes, not suitable for under-12s)

Have you ever imagined what Tramway looks and sounds like at night after closing? What sort of stories lie hidden and forgotten from the past one hundred years? 

Commissioned by Tramway, Portals is a new online experience, and three 360-degree performance films, that playfully explore and experiment with factual and fictional stories of Tramway as an imaginary folklore study. Meet John, a friendly ghost who looks after the building and recites Shakespeare; Bararomba, a mouse security guard; and Wylon, an ancient creature who is the last of its kind.

Portals is also available to watch online now 

Lead artist Lucas Chih-Peng Kao has created Portals through months of collaboration. Firstly, he facilitated story making workshops with young people and adults, and interviewed Tramway staff about the history of the building. He then worked with a group of theatre and performance makers to respond to those stories and interviews, their movement and dance filmed with a 360-degree camera on location at Tramway. Finally, Lucas worked closely with ISO digital media and software studio to create an immersive interactive experience, using ‘Tramway XR’, their 3D architectural model. ISO have created a dynamic sculptural space to house the 360-degree films, and an ‘archive space’ where viewers can listen to the stories collected throughout the project.

Portals is a combination of Lucas’ ongoing research on collaborative performance making (The Fool’s Journey, 2019), collective story-making and reimagination (Faery Trail, 2018) and 360- degree film as a new performance medium (Charon, 2020).

Read more about Tramway XR, created by ISO Design 

Accessibility guides

Read the Accessibility Guide for Tramway on AccessAble 

Large Print and Braille programme material available upon request. 

Some performances may also be BSL interpreted, audio described or have further assistance available. Access information for individual events is included in their event listing. 


Accessible toilets

Accessible toilets are available on all three levels of Tramway, and come equipped with handrails and emergency pull cords. Please contact Tramway prior to your visit if you have any additional requirements

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome. We can provide a bowl of water for an assistance dog. The assistance dog toilet area is located to the rear of the building.

Assistance dogs are allowed in the auditorium.

Wheelchair access

There is level access to all Tramway spaces and the cafe, with lift access to the upper spaces.

There are designated spaces for wheelchair users in the theatre. 


Baby changing

Baby changing facilities are available on the ground floor

Baby feeding

Breastfeeding is welcome at Tramway

Cafe or restaurant

Full table service is not available. Food or drinks can be ordered at the counter and will be brought to the table.
No tables are permanently fixed.
No chairs are permanently fixed.

Menus are hand held only, but are clearly presented in contrasting colours. Menus are not available in Braille. 


On street only

Photography and video recording

At times, Glasgow Life will be on the premises to film and take photos. 

The public are only permitted to record and take photos where explicit permission has been granted in advance. 

Free wifi

There is free Wi-Fi available at Tramway, which you can access by registering through Facebook or an online form. Once registered, you can access free Wi-Fi whenever you are at Tramway.

Location Map

Tramway is a post-industrial venue with a range of unique and versatile spaces, popular with private and corporate clients looking for a venue ‘with a difference’. Tramway is an ideal space for performances, exhibitions, private viewings, seminars, meetings and smaller scale functions.

Visit Tramway's venue hire web page to find out more. 

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