If you’ve been following this blog for while then you know that it takes me a lot to get interested in any of the plethora of online offerings, which is not my personal definition of theatre. However, the much-respected Donmar is presenting a free to watch production at 7.30pm on Saturday 20 March which is broadcast live from the Domnar and various locations across the UK.
Imagine the future. However you choose to imagine it. Now imagine it in your hands.
What does community mean in a time of division and separation?
Mixing live performance, animation and sound, ASSEMBLY looks at the impact of humans on nature and what we might build together for a better future. It’s about trying, failing, and trying again. In times of emergency, it is about hope.
Created by writer Nina Segal (In the Nighttime (Before the Sun Rises), Gate), director Joseph Hancock ((This Isn’t) A True Story, Almeida Young Company) and the Donmar Local Company, ASSEMBLY is a live digital performance created in collaboration with video designer and director of photography Andrzej Goulding (Teenage Dick, Donmar), set and costume designer Frankie Bradshaw (Sweat, Donmar and West End), composer and sound designer Max Pappenheim (The Way of the World, Donmar) and lighting designer Sam House (#HashtagLightie, Arcola). This is the first production from the Donmar Local Company – members of the community who live and work in the Donmar’s home boroughs of Camden and Westminster.
You can watch the livestream for free on YouTube at 7.30pm. The running time is approximately one hour. Subscribers to their YouTube channel will receive a reminder about the production.
An audio introduction will be available to listen to or download from the VocalEyes website from Wednesday 17 March and a captioned version will also be available.
ASSEMBLY has been rehearsed online and will be presented in line with all current Government guidelines.
The Domnar says: “Although this production is free to watch, if you are able to, please consider how you can support us at this time to ensure we can reopen in the best possible shape when it’s safe do so, while continuing to safeguard our staff and artists, and share our art form digitally in the meantime.
You can make a donation online or over the phone by calling us on +44 (0)20 7845 5815, join as a Friend, or text using the details below. You can also donate via YouTube giving when you watch the production.
Text DONMAR 5 to 70470 to donate £5
Text DONMAR 10 to 70470 to donate £10
Text DONMAR 20 to 70470 to donate £20
UK networks only. Texts cost your donation amount plus one standard rate message.”
Find ASSEMBLY at the Donmar’s YouTube channel which you can access here.