Guide to Live and Online Theatre

TheSpaceUK - Strangers

Theatres have been turning to online performances to keep the revenue coming in, but now with hopes of live theatre restarting on 17th May, expect to see some interesting announcements from the theatres coming soon.

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11th to 18th April

Oxford Playhouse have two online productions starting this week and next week:

  • Anthropocene: The Human Era, 22nd April to 10th May, dives into the mind of Megan, a young woman dreaming about her future in the wake of the climate emergency. Time is stretched and warped as she sits in her bathroom staring down at a pregnancy test, in a multiple-choice adventure story inspired by Black Mirror’s Bandersnatch and Gecko Theatre’s Time of your Life. What does the future hold for us, our children and our planet? Our Fate is in Your Hands.
  • Orestes, 28th April, is a reimagining of Euripides’ little-known classic Orestes.
Amateur groups are finding it harder to get back into action but in our area Kennet Opera are planning to do more outdoor concerts in 2021. So far, they’ve booked Shaw House for the evening of Sunday 11th July and hope to return to Church House in Wantage in the same month.

Online productions

Good Grief, now to 15th April, from The Ambassador Theatre Group is a romantic comedy about grief. Sharp, funny, brutal, irreverent and quintessentially British. Tickets are £15 plus £1.50 booking fee.

At a time when the theatre world is faltering, with theatres closed and jobs cut, this online filmed production sees the convergence of a new theatre and screen team to create a theatrical format which will stream online and be downloadable worldwide, giving employment to the industry. Good Grief was rehearsed on Zoom, then filmed in a studio adhering to all Covid protocols.

Strangers is a new online film from theSpaceUK. Written by local writer Nick Card and starring local actors Emily Browne and Steve Schollar it tells a dark tale of when two strangers meet by chance. Desperate circumstances lead to desperate action that result in a shocking revelation with disturbing consequences. Can things ever be the same again?

For more online offerings from the National Theatre and the RSC, among others, see the Newbury Theatre web site.

Theatre at the Cinema

Cinemas are out of action again, but theatres like the National which have shown their productions at the cinemas are now making them available online.
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