GSA launches livestream theatre project
Friday, 20 November 2020
mainAll shows have been conceived, rehearsed and staged in strict adherence to the current government guidelines
UK - The Guildford School of Acting (GSA) is hosting development project Creating Theatre in a COVID Landscape.
Developed alongside FUSE ARTS, Creation Theatre and Fray Studio, the project has created four COVID-compliant theatrical events, which will be livestreamed as part of two seminars to be held on 20 and 27 November.
Working with GSA’s technical theatre students and partnering them with professional creatives, the project explores how challenging and provocative theatre can be produced whilst maintaining a COVID-secure environment. It also provides an opportunity for GSA’s students to collaborate with industry professionals in exploring and developing viable contemporary theatre practices in the COVID era.
The seminars will discuss the challenges and possibilities of producing theatre within the context of the global pandemic with the insight and expertise of the next generation of technicians and actors, asking the following questions:  
• How can we collaborate as an industry to produce live theatre against the context of the global pandemic?
• How can we retain the “magic” of a live theatre show through the power of theatre technology?
• How can we produce innovative and viable shows that minimise financial exposure and encourage venues to risk showing Covid compliant work?
 Mig Burgess, project creator and programme leader for BA Theatre Production at GSA, says:
“We want to do our part to help get the lights back on in theatres across the country in any way we can.  As trainers of the next generation of performers and production staff we owe it to our students and graduates to proactively work to help the industry we are sending our young professionals to work in.”  
All of the shows have been conceived, rehearsed and staged in strict adherence to the current government guidelines and it is hoped that theatres will consider taking these live shows to their venues at minimal cost, whilst benefitting from the collected knowledge ensued from the project’s facilitation and production. Full technical riders will be provided.
The first seminar is taking place on Friday,20 November at 3.30pm - 5.00pm GMT. Cenotaph will be livestreamed and there will be a Q&A discussion on Blue Christmas, a mental health project developed following the success of last year's Blackout sensory experience.
The second seminar, to be held on 27 November from 3.30pm, will include recordings of Refuge and Home.
For free tickets to either of these seminars, please register to receive a stream link at gsaevents@gsa.surrey.ac.uk

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