We are living life, not as we know it but the show must go on! Theatres all across the UK close to limit the spread of coronavirus, producers and performers are finding creative ways to ensure the shows can get to you online.
Online streaming will give audiences a chance to experience live theatre from their own homes during social isolation and it will create opportunities for actors to stay in paid work.
Leave a Light On concerts
The production company behind London’s Theatre Café have launched Leave a Light On, a series of live-streamed concerts from a mix of prestigious West End performers and bright new talents. The intimate piano vocal concerts will be broadcast online live from The Theatre Café in Leicester Square and can be enjoyed for a small fee.
From Monday 23 March there will be three concerts each day. The full line up and pricing is still be announced, but details will be posted here when confirmed.
Isolated But Open Commissions
Papatango Theatre company have launched a new scheme offering a platform for writers, paid work for actors and free entertainment for online viewers. Isolated But Open Commissions invite playwrights to write and submit a new five minute monologue. The deadline for submissions is midnight on 31 March. Ten new works will be commissioned, and ten actors will be cast to self-film the monologues. The playwrights and actors will be paid £100 each for the chosen monologues. Papatango will share the films online, so audiences can enjoy bite-sized chunks of new theatre writing for free.