It’s been 3 weeks since my last blog – did you miss me?  Things have been really busy backstage so look out for more resources for members coming out over the summer months.

As we take small steps out of lock down, the weather is predictable in terms of being unable to predict but one thing we can be sure of – there are no immediate plans or guidelines for opening theatres or concert venues.  Whilst this is a blow to all of us, it is perhaps not surprising while we have social distancing in place.  Sardines Magazine have a lively debate going on through their Facebook pages, particularly about whether amateur theatre groups with their own premises are likely to open sooner as they are less reliant on profits to pay staff?   

If you want to join the debate have a look at their Facebook page OR how about a CUPPA AND A CHAT where we can debate and discuss whether amateurs are better placed to restart than professionals?  Drop me an email to register interest and I’ll set it up.  You just need access to zoom, a cuppa and a comfy seat.

How many of you have performed Murder Mysteries?  Here’s a group called Murdered for Money taking it online which you may be interested in taking a look at – is this something your club could do?  

Hands up if you haven’t seen Staged with David Tennant and Michael Sheen.  Shame on you – get onto BBC iplayer now – laugh out loud good fun.  To whet your appetite here is a clip where David is asking Michael to help him plan a meal.

It wouldn’t be a blog from me without some useful links that I have come across so here goes.

Stagescripts have defined not only what a virtual performance is but how the licences will work for their plays.  Take a look here for this very useful guide – remember that other publishers may have different terms so always make sure you check with them.

Found some great tips on the Theatrefolk website for performing online you can find them here

I think most people know about NT Live by now – I watched Small Island last week which felt so relevant at the current time and I am still thinking about it.  This week their acclaimed version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is being streamed and I have pasted the trailer in here for your pleasure.

Here’s something a little bit different – an exhibition online.  It wasn’t my intention to have another National Theatre item in this edition of Community Connection but I found this so interesting – a mixture of articles, letters, reviews and film clips charting the journey of Shakespeare at the National Theatre.  You can access it here

Feel good moment for this week – a song from Godspell.

Hope you have a good week.

Stay Safe, Stay Connected and Be Creative



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4 comments on “COMMUNITY CONNECTION 10 – 26 June 2020

  1. Tony Flisch

    Best talk – to document it would be pretty time consuming.

  2. Tony Flisch

    Hi Chris. I was involved in an outdoor production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ On midsummer 2000. I dealt with lighting and sound and am happy to share the experience. Also we will soon be publishing Carole’s interview with Richard Nisbet of Traquair on his advice about outdoor productions.

    1. Chris Hewett

      Thanks Tony, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of the plays being considered. Your experiences would be very welcome.

  3. Chris Hewett

    Thanks Carole, Informative as always.
    One of the things the Buccaneers are considering is an outdoors Shakespeare production. Our theatre is quite small but it’s sat next to extensive sports pitches so social distancing for our audience won’t be an issue. Not sure about what to with the “stage area” and haven’t even considered things like stage lighting if the weather isn’t cooperative. (It’s the north of Scotland what could go wrong)!
    If anyone has experience of this sort of venture I’d love to hear about your experiences.

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