Derby Theatre commits to keeping connected with audiences through DT@Home
During these extraordinary and uncertain times, amidst the Covid-19 situation, Derby Theatre commits to keeping creatively connected with audiences through digital content on their website and shared through their social media channels.
The Role of Digital
Arts and culture play a vital and essential role in so many peoples’ lives and now, more than ever before, theatre and the arts continues to play a huge part in keeping people connected, engaged, entertained, inspired and contributing to their well-being.
From living room self-filmed performances to opera singing on balconies; livestreamed theatre productions to trips down memory lane, remembering great shows, shared experiences and great nights out, and from young people exploring and sharing their talents and artistic creations with loved ones online, to a wealth of wonderful workshops delivered via Zoom, our literal and creative connections have never been stronger.
For over 10 years, Derby Theatre has proudly served the people of Derby and surrounding counties and communities. With our much-loved theatre temporarily closed, as we play our part in preventing the spread of the virus, the Theatre, like everyone else, has embraced and utilised this time to share a range of opportunities and content to engage through digital channels, and that will continue to be our mission, to stay firmly in touch with the audiences and communities we serve.
To keep audiences, families, young people and artists connected with Derby Theatre, performance and the arts in general at this time, a wealth of content will be available on the newly created DT@Home section of the Theatre’s website, with the sub-sections of Memory Box, Digital Workshops, Family Activities, Treasure Island: The Ship Will Sail Again, Streams and Webcasts and the soon-to-follow Community and Outreach and Lockdown: Micro Commissions.
The content we share will also include opportunities and content being shared by other arts organisations across the UK and cultural venues in the city.
Memory Box delves into Derby Theatre’s archive and looks back at some of Derby Theatre’s much-loved past produced shows, with the first one being Remembering Brassed Off, the Theatre’s most popular, highly acclaimed production from 2015. Content includes: show coverage trailers, audience memories, interesting and fun production facts, set model images, photo galleries, interviews with cast members and programme articles.
As part of this feature, we are also delighted to be offering our audiences NEW content through the broadcasting of actors who appeared in the show discussing and re-living their favourite memories of the production. PLUS, some actors re-living and recording some key scenes and snippets from the plays. A new Memory Box past show will feature each week and even more, newer content will be added to each show as and when it becomes available.
Includes: well-being sessions and advice for regional artists, Getting Your Play Down ‘Right’ with local playwright Simon Marshall and Devising from a Distance with Ditto Theatre Company. As part of this section, we have also shared what our cultural partners in the city are offering, including QUAD online activities, Déda artist surgeries and online exchange and Sinfonia ViVA’s A Little Live Music.
Includes: creative exercises and drama games, for the whole family to try and enjoy; Aladdin drawing competition, Hansel & Gretel sing-a-longs and puzzles, Peter Pan send a letter in a bottle and quizzes, The Jungle Book fingerspelling alphabet and word search, create your own BSL, fun fact files, Little Red Riding Hood related inspiration for creating care packages for loved ones and Goldilocks recycling craft activities.
Includes content from our recently-cancelled BSL integrated and Captioned production of the show, and includes: messages from the cast, in rehearsal video, rehearsal images gallery, teaser trailer, pirate games, World Theatre Day BSL messages and creative team interviews.
Includes a livestream of Crongton Knights, a Pilot Theatre and Derby Theatre production in association with Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and York Theatre Royal; Original Theatre’s The Croft starring Gwen Taylor, National Theatre at Home content and streams, What the Butler Saw at Curve, Leicester livestream, Official London Theatre content and posts plus Whatsonstage streams round-up.
Content in all of these areas is available to view, enjoy and engage with now, with much more brand new content to follow over the next few weeks…. so keep an eye on the Derby Theatre website and social media channels for new content and updates.
Derby Theatre looks forward to keeping in touch at this time and very much looks forward to welcoming audiences and visitors back into the Theatre soon.
Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Sarah Brigham, and the whole staff team at the Theatre, wishes everyone safety, health and well-being at this time.