APAC’s 2021 online study day explores the impact of Covid

On Thursday 17 June 2021 from 2.00pm-5.00pm the Association of Performing Arts Collections will host an Online Study Day. Entitled *Waiting in the Wings: Review, Reflect, Respond* the presentations will explore the impact of Covid-19 on performing arts collections.

APAC’s 2021 Online Study Day will reflect on the events of 2020, discuss the challenges & opportunities, and explore how APAC members are preparing for the future.

You will hear from APAC’s members about what they have learnt from their experiences of the past year, what challenges and opportunities have arisen, and what they plan to do differently going forwards.

Presentations will include:

Alice Bloom, Wimbledon College of Arts: Challenges and opportunities of supporting performance students online

Louise Manico, Early Dance Circle: The Early Dance Circle’s Shift to Digital in Response to Covid-19

Clare Wood, Southbank Centre: Keeping Connected: Southbank Centre Archive and the Art by Post project

Paul Roberts, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama/ABTT: An Archive in the Making: 60 years of the Association of British Theatre Technicians

Lucy Powell, University of Bristol Theatre Collection: Theatre and live art records at risk: survey, emergency response and capacity building at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection

Ian Abbott, Hip Hop Dance Almanac: The (mis)adventures of Ian Abbott and his attempts to build an archive of Hip Hop dance from scratch

Hannah Jones, The National Archives: Re-opening your archive service: strategies and scenarios

This event is free for APAC members or £5 for non-members. You can become a member of APAC from as little as £10 a year.

Book your tickets here


Exeter Northcott Theatre invites you to an online discussion

Next Tuesday 8th June, Exeter’s Northcott Theatre presents a free online discussion event of particular interest to the theatre’s audiences and those who live in Exeter and the surrounding Devon area.

Entitled “Considering Representation and ‘Voice'”, the event invites an experienced panel of cultural and arts experts to look at the stories that have been discovered in the Northcott Theatre’s archive and discuss how this knowledge can be used to shape the future culture of Exeter and the South West.

The questions they plan to explore are:

Whose stories have been told? Who is telling them? And where are the gaps? The theatre’s archive reveals some attempts at telling stories about people with diverse heritages – as well as attempts to address the lack of representation of arts practitioners and communities with diverse heritages including African diaspora people, South, East and South East Asian diaspora people, and recent immigrants to Exeter and Devon.

How have these stories been told and presented? Who is the voice behind the communication and promotion of these works and what role do they have in the way ethnically diverse people’s stories are told? The way the theatre’s programme is shared and received is documented in detail in the archive through material such as press cuttings, which provide an insight into the viewpoints and interpretations that have been promoted historically.

The role of theatre in addressing diversity and inclusion has also been acknowledged but is generally low on the agenda. So how do we present and showcase difficult parts of history? Where is the line between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation? And can theatre entertainment be effective as education/activism?

Finally, how does some of the material in the archives link with themes/concerns today? And how can we equip researchers and audiences moving forward to create positive change?

The free online event takes place at 7.00pm and you can register to watch the event here


Watch MR THEATRE COMES HOME DIFFERENT this weekend on paus


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This weekend you have a 48-hour chance to watch MR THEATRE COMES HOME DIFFERENT by Pulitzer-nominated playwright, Will Eno. This film has been made to raise money for the Theatre Artists Fund. Only available on paus.

‘Give yourselves a big hand. You were lovely.’

Filmed over two days on the main stage of the Lyric Hammersmith London in May 2021, Mr Theatre is a mercurial, bitter-sweet rhapsody on the nature of performance. A funny and moving glimpse behind the safety curtain. Witness the love scene, the storm scene, the inevitable death scene and remember, it’s all only pretend.

Mr Theatre Comes Home Different celebrates all those who work in the theatre – who have been unable to work since March 2020 – and has been made in support of the Theatre Artists Fund.

Will Eno, a Pulitzer-nominated playwright, has adapted his original monologue for twelve actors.

The cast features actors from all across the industry including, Samantha Womack (Eastenders, Kingsman, Silent Witness), Shelley King (Coronation Street), Milo Twomey (A Discovery of Witches), Jonathan Livingstone (Pls Like, The Witches, Chewing Gum), Saffron Coomber (Small Axe, Strike), Charlotte Arrowsmith (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Jenna Boyd (Come From Away).

The streaming will be available from Sat, 29 May at 7.00pm – Mon, 31 May at 10.00pm BST

The film is free to attend and stream, but if you like what you watch, you can show your appreciation for the project by leaving a tip. 100% of tips received by the filmmaker will be given straight to the Theatre Artists Fund, supporting freelancers in theatre who have been unable to work due to the pandemic. Thanks in advance for all your support.

To register for the event, click here

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Enjoy Mike Leigh In Conversation online on 26th April

ABIGAIL’S PARTY, NUTS IN MAY, HIGH HOPES, VERA DRAKE, GRIEF, PETERLOO, and many more films, TV works and stage plays.

Whether you value his writing more than his direction, his theatre work over his film work, most will agree that Mike Leigh is significant in all these areas, in an award-winning career spanning over half a century.

Now you have a chance to hear Leigh talk about his own work in a discussion with the team at Westminster Libraries, who host this online event on Wednesday 26th May at 7.00pm

He will discuss his creative process, where he finds inspiration and how he goes about writing his scripts.

The Westminster team said: “We are particularly interested in finding out about his work as a writer and how the written word relates to his work as a director. We want to know how he feels about books and libraries and how these have influenced his work.”

He has also agreed to take some questions from the online audience towards the end of the discussion.

Lasting one hour, the event is free but you must register beforehand to allow the joining link to be sent to you.

Book your ticket here


Enjoy Piccolo Teatro di Milano’s THE REVENGER’S TRAGEDY online

An exciting new version of Thomas Middleton’s THE REVENGER’S TRAGEDY is now available to watch online.

Filmed during lockdown, here is a recorded version of the hugely successful production created by the Piccolo Teatro in Milan which visited London’s Barbican Centre in late 2019.

Now, until Thursday 27th May, you can watch a recorded version of this popular and successful production which was directed and designed by Cheek By Jowl’s Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, at the theatre’s YouTube channel.

PLEASE NOTE: The production is in Italian with English subtitles.

Watch THE REVENGER’S TRAGEDY here