Mon 6 Apr 2020
Keep #CulturallyConnected with Artsreach
Whilst we aren't able to welcome touring performers to our community venues at present, many of them are working hard to keep in touch with us all releasing lots of lovely creative content online. Here we pull together just a few of the things we have found taking place digitally over the coming days and weeks that you might like to connect with:
State of Play-Tommy's Sisters
A short film exploring the lives of women in Dorset during WW1 is the first of a series of local dramas premiering online. Tommy’s Sisters, a co-production by theatre company State of Play and arts organisation ScreenPLAY
Dan Baker - A Song a Day during Self- Isolation
Dan Baker (of Petites Annonces) has been recording a 'song-a-day' from his home studio to entertain us whilst in lockdown. When not shut at home, he is the violinist from gypsy-swing/French chanson band Petites Annonces, whom have toured with Artsreach several times in years gone by. His song-a-day project covers a comprehensive range of genres and is always delightful with that gypsy-swing toe tapping feel! All songs are available to view on his Youtube channel, with more added each day.
Theatre Alibi- Things For Now
Theatre Alibi produce imaginative theatre for all ages. Their 'Fish Eye' show toured with us a few years ago at Gillingham to great acclaim. In response to the current climate they have made a range of content accessible online for free- including past shows and activities for home.
NT Live at Home - This House: until 4 June
The National Theatre have launched NT at Home, where a selection of much-loved shows will be streamed for free on YouTube every week. This week's release is the 2013 James Graham production of This House, a timely, moving and funny insight into the workings of British politics.
Ninebarrow Live Concert: Saturday 2 May
Award-winning folk duo Ninebarrow have toured three times with Artsreach, and been involved in various projects too.
Now Jon and Jay are hosting live online concerts so you can enjoy their music. They're going to be treating these like a normal gig - so there'll even be an interval where you can stretch your legs and top up your glass!
Pentabus - This Land
Pentabus release a new recording of one of their shows every Friday at 2pm. The latest show up is This Land- Created by Sian Owen, this production was originally live streamed from their base in Bromfield in 2016 after touring to 20 rural venues across the UK. The story digs down through the history – and the future – of a patch of earth and everything that has and will happen there. Exploring how far down you own the land beneath your feet and what happens when someone else comes along and stakes their claim. A story of fractured hearts, lives and lands.
Shakespeare's Globe - The Winter's Tale
We were so excited to be bringing Shakespeare's Globe to Dorset this summer, and so disappointed when the tour got cancelled. Until the tour is rearranged, you can enjoy past performances filmed at The Globe Theatre. Currently available to watch is The Winter's Tale. Set in a world of monsters, gods and natural disasters, travel from the stifling atmosphere of the Sicilian court, to the unbuttoned joy of a Bohemian festival.
#MiracleMonday: from 4 May
"This will be the first summer in 40 years that Miracle hasn’t been able to bring live theatre to the nooks and crannies of Cornwall, the Scilly Isles and the South West. We hope these films will bring back some happy memories and go some way towards filling the gap!” said Miracle Theatre’s Artist Director Bill Scott.
Emma Rice's Wise Children: from 11 April
Artsreach audiences may remember Emma Rice as the Director of Kneehigh Theatre's 'The Red Shoes' which toured to Dorset. With her new company Wise Children, Emma brings her unique, musical and exuberantly impish vision to Angela Carter’s novel of the same name. Expect show girls, Shakespeare, sex, scandal, mischief, mistaken identity and butterflies galore.
Pip Utton: 'And before I Forget I love you'
Long time friend of Artsreach Pip Utton toured his award-winning solo play ‘And Before I Forget I Love You, I Love You' to Dorset just once back in the spring. If you didn't see it in Piddletrenthide, Pip's now taken the show online.
"a richly human story, laced with unexpected humour and a message to seize the day." The Stage
Devil's Violin - A Month of Sundays
Storyteller Daniel Morden, fiddler Oliver Wilson-Dickson and cellist Sarah Moody have previously toured to Dorset at The Devil's Violin. During lockdown the friends are keeping creative and releasing new short stories every Sunday at 8pm on youtube. Each story is 10 to 20 mins long and features music created and recorded from their homes.
The Living Spit Podcast
Living Spit continue their weekly podcasts looking back at past shows, and discussing a whole host of things, with a dose of their usual humour! Tune in every week;
Luke Wright Live: every Wednesday 8pm
Some of you may have caught poet Luke Wright in Sturminster Marshall or Marnhull this season as part of The Inn Crowd.
Now, every Wednesday during lockdown, Luke is taking to twitter and performing his poetry live.
"His performances rumble with rage, passion and humour" The Guardian
Paddleboat's Lockdown Activities
Last year PaddleBoat Theatre toured their show 'Clare Hollingworth and the Scoop of the Century'. They have been working hard during lockdown and have produced a variety of 'lockdown activities' to keep children engaged at home. Part of this is how to get involved with the making of their new show 'Dream Maker'
Darrell Wakelam: #ArtJumpStart
Artist and maker Darrell Wakelam is always a favourite in our children's summer workshop programme.
Now children and families can get creative together at home. Everyday Darrell is releasing free art homeschooling ideas on twitter, from loo roll Hogwarts and spaceships to pasta fish fossils and egg box monkeys!
Digital Video Diary
Over on our Youtube channel we've pulled together just some of the cultural video content out there and put it all in one handy place for you!
We hope this Digital Diary will keep you feeling culturally connected and in touch with many of our much-loved touring performers.
Artsreach hopes to get back to what it does best very soon, bringing a new and exciting programme of performances to Dorset's rural communities. In the meantime...