Digital Diary

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 
shows 'the shadow of war and its continuous impact.”

Watch Tommy's Sisters online now


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.

Watch A Song a Day here


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. 

Access online resources here


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. 

Watch This House from 7pm on Thursday 28 May


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!

Watch Ninebarrow live from 7pm on 2 May


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. 

Click to watch This Land


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 TaleSet 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.

Watch The Winter's Tale until 31 May


#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.

Click to watch 'The Case of the Frightened Lady'


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.

Click to watch 'Wise Children' now


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

Enjoy Pip's new show on Youtube here


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.

Listen to the stories so far


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;

Listen to the Living Spit Podcast


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

Watch Luke Wright Live at 8pm every Wednesday


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'

Get involved with all of Paddleboat's activities


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!

Join Darrell every day on twitter and get creative


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!

Click to access a wide range of content on the Artsreach Youtube Video Channel Now


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...

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