Last Spring, when we went into our first lockdown, we started rehearsing my audio story via WhatsApp. Almost a year later we are still working this way. This time, I’m working on Martin Keady’s powerful short script that will take you away from the challenges of Covid-19 for a while. I heard Martin’s full length play about Shakespeare, set (in part) during the plague, on zoom last Summer. It was outstanding. Learn more about Martin Keady’s work here: Martin Keady – The Shakespeare Plays
A positive from the pandemic could be that new writing theatres use more local outdoor spaces as temporary performing sites until the government feels Covid-19 is no longer a priority. New shorter plays, with smaller audiences in outdoor spaces, might be something we can do from the Spring due to the changeable British weather and aerosol transmission time of the virus. This is not just about being safe, it is also about people feeling safe. It would also be a great way to make new writing from new writers mainstream again – like outdoor Shakespeare is common in the Summer.
This is a useful app for now: COVID-19 Indoor Safety Guideline (indoor-covid-safety.herokuapp.com)
We are still recording That Mad Little Planet Called Earth over Zoom across two continents. Our ensemble has been able to continue to work together, although we are geographically apart. This new platform, as a theatre-making space, is a positive from 2020 – as long as you are willing to work imaginatively around it’s limitations. An audio version of this stage-play is quite different to the original script. We’ve got shorter scenes, sound effects and a faster pace to substitute for the visual expressions. You can listen to a taster scene below.
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The increasingly long dark nights and looming lockdowns mean it is time for some serious theatrical escapism.
I’ve spent the last few days familiarizing myself with the actual sounds of our planets, thanks to NASA. I was intrigued to learn that the planet Earth has a high pitched youthful sound compared to the more dramatic sounds of Jupiter and Saturn. It seems our fictional characterizations of the planets were on the right track after all.
We are hoping to release the first episode of our audio version of That Mad Little Planet Called Earth within a few weeks. Stay tuned. Life goes on, as that’s Earth’s obsession…
We are mid August: the first hints of Autumn are exposed in multiple sparkling spider webs at dawn and cool air at dusk. Nature quietly evolves in our adjusting human world. It is, as always, inspiring.
We are now thinking ahead to our Autumn audio productions and have started recording That Mad Little Planet Called Earth.
Covid-19 has changed the performance medium but it has not changed the bond that creating a performance entails – even on Zoom. I am so thankful to our trusted ensemble that have the talent and courage to bring scripts alive. Our performance focused Zooms are, as always, elevating! I hope you will hear the results when Autumn clearly rules again.