Watch Now: New York Lincoln Center’s PIPELINE

The Lincoln Center in New York joins the streaming of recent successes with PIPELINE, a particularly pertinent selection at this moment in time.

Live From Lincoln Center, in partnership with BroadwayHD, brings to audiences at home Dominique Morisseau’s strikingly powerful work PIPELINE, originally staged at Lincoln Center Theater in 2017. This intimate play depicts a mother’s hopes for her son and their clash with an educational system rigged against him.

Hailed as “potent and intensely acted,“ PIPELINE confirmed Morisseau’s “reputation as a playwright of piercing eloquence (New York Times).“ The story follows Nya Joseph (Karen Pittman), a dedicated, inner-city public high school teacher, who is committed to her students’ achievement, while she sends her only son, Omari (Namir Smallwood), to a private boarding school. When Omari is involved in a controversial incident which threatens him with expulsion from his school, Nya is forced to reconcile Omari’s rage, her own parental decisions, and the public and private school systems, as she rallies to save her son.

Available now for a limited time. The show is approximately 90 minutes long.

Although this production is free to watch, please strongly consider making a donation to the Lincoln Center to enable it to reopen after this crisis has passed.

You can watch PIPELINE here


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Barcelona’s Liceu opera house reopens – for a rather special audience

Barcelona Gran Teatre del Liceu. foto: Jordi Play.

A little bit of unusual news from me today which will make you smile – and maybe think.

There will be a short concert next Monday at Barcelona’s magnificent Liceu opera house The audience for the next production at Barcelona’s Liceu are rather unusual.

They will be carried in to the auditorium. They will be given a small drink. And they will listen to some Puccini from the Uceli String Quartet, distanced around the Liceu’s vast stage. At the end of the concert, the artists will not expect any applause – for the audience are incapable of doing so.

Because this singular audience will comprise entirely of 2292 plants.

The concert will also be livestreamed so that an online human audience can enjoy the music.

The music chosen includes Puccini’s ‘Crisantemi’ (Chrysanthemums). How apt!

The concert is the brainchild of conceptual artist, Eugenio Ampudia, who wanted it to reflect the fact that as the virus has forced humans to abandon public gathering spaces, nature has slowly begun to creep into those spaces.

After the concert, the plants will be gifted to 2292 health workers to thank them for their part in tackling the Coronavirus crisis in the Catalan region.

The quartet have requested no flowers at the end of the concert.


Colchester Mercury supporting fresh music and drama talent

Just a week after naming the winners of their Mercury Songwriting Contest (details here), Colchester Mercury Theatre have done even more – by announcing the 15 participants selected to benefit from the Mercury Playwrights Development Programme.

The writers who will be working with them are:
Waleed Akhtar, Sarah Baxter, Gail Egbeson, Jazz Ely, Matt Gurr, Kelly Jones, James McDermott, Ethan Moorhouse, Chileya Mwampulo, Michelle Payne, Ava Pickett, Charlie Platt, Jacko Pook, LLoyd Shankley and Jess Woo.

Over the next nine months, Mercury Playwrights in association with Josef Weinberger Plays will support these promising writers, to guide and mentor them through the process of creating their own full-length play or piece of theatre.

Let’s wish all the selected writers well with their development. Here’s to seeing the output of these promising voices of the future stage.

You can find out more about the programme and the chosen writers on their website here


Beyond The Canon’s weekly Writers Room podcasts go live

Created by Simeilia Hodge-Dallway and run by her together with Sarudzayi Marufu., Beyond The Canon seeks to highlight, promote and champion hidden plays by Black, Asian, LatinX and Middle Eastern Playwrights.

#BTCWritersRoom is their way of letting students around the world know that they are valued, seen & appreciated. To encourage them to learn, be empowered & inspired.

Every week, they give away a selected group of texts to their audiences, increasing the quantity of works by People of Colour in global circulation, aiming for a more diverse theatre of the future.

The podcasts happen every week on Wednesdays, hosted by Hodge-Dallaway and featuring a special guest.

#BTCWritersRoom is for writers, People of Colour, and everyone interested in the future of theatre.

You can catch the podcast live every Wednesday at 6pm BST (UK), also 2pm EDT and 1pm EST, live on the BTC Instagram feed which you can find here.


Free online Musical extravaganza – at WEST END LIVE 2020

A greatly anticipated free event for several years now, WEST END LIVE is a celebration of all things musical theatre, which attracts the cream of musical theatre performers from currently running shows and shows still in development or soon due to tour the UK.

Sadly, the advent of Coronavirus has posed a threat to its continuance – but as in the best tradition of “the show must go on – somehow” – this year’s WEST END LIVE will still go ahead – but will be online as opposed to in person at its traditional location, London’s Trafalgar Square.

The programme will include

Two compilations of the best of previous years’ performances

A two part Quiz

A singalong session hosted by Ben Stock

The release of a West End Live playlist on Spotify

And to close the event, on Sunday at 4.30pm Dominic Ferris at the piano will be taking your musical theatre song requests

Most of the events will be facilitated through Facebook

To find out more, check out the WEST END LIVE website here

WEST END LIVE is supported by The Society of London Theatre and Westminster Council