The immediate future is uncertain and we recognise that some schools will find it difficult to invite us into their building as normal. With this in mind, we have created an alternative experience – ensuring students of all ages can still be enthralled by Shakespeare’s works. These online, virtual shows are almost identical to the performances that we tour to schools, brimming with the humour, drama and energy that has proved so thrilling to our audiences over the years. See details of the shows below, or scroll down to find out how this all works…
This online performance is a virtual version of the classic text study that has enchanted our audiences for years. See full details about the content of the show here. Suitable for secondary school students, we combine performances of key scenes with fascinating narration and analysis, to ensure a thorough understanding and engagement with the play and its themes.
Live-Streamed Performances of Macbeth: 11am-12.15pm on 7th and 8th July 2020
The Play’s The Thing
This is a lively introduction to Shakespeare, featuring scenes and fascinating facts from some of his most exciting works. Bottom and his friends prepare to stage a play, the Macbeths are up to no good and of course, we meet the most famous pair of lovers of all time… This production suits primary or secondary school students. To create this special performance, we have blended together our two most popular introductions to Shakespeare; details about the contents of our primary show can be found here and our secondary show is detailed here.
Live-Streamed Performances of The Play’s The Thing: 11am-12pm on 14th and 15th July 2020
Why live stream?
The magic and thrill of theatre stems from its live format – anything can, and does, happen! When you go to the theatre, you know that the show you watched will never be identical to the one performed the following day – audiences are a part of the action and the actors feed off their energy. We cannot totally replicate this online, but this method does allow students at home or school to have the same shared experience at the same time – a connection that cannot be achieved from a recording.
How does it work?
It is no coincidence that during lockdown, theatre companies worldwide have turned to Zoom as their web-conferencing platform of choice. It offers options and capabilities that can’t be found together on another platform; virtual backgrounds, sound and screen sharing, the ability to share control of proceedings with multiple participants and a whole host of other functions that create intriguing and exciting storytelling. However, we know that Zoom is not always the ideal choice for schools. This is why we have developed shows that can be live-streamed from Zoom to YouTube, so that you and your students do not need to join a call or change any settings to experience the live performance at its best: We’ll do the tech, you just sit back and enjoy the show. It’s as easy as watching a YouTube video.
The safety of your students is of paramount importance and we have taken a range of measures to ensure our shows meet your school’s safeguarding standards.
- Since students watch the production via YouTube, we will never have access to their microphones or cameras.
- A 20 sec (approx.) delay between Zoom and the live stream means that, in the highly unlikely scenario that the worst should happen and our Zoom privacy is compromised, we can shut down the live-stream before this is broadcast to our audience.
- The only people present on the Zoom call are the actors and stage management of the company – the same people that you would meet if we visited your school in person.
- The live chat will be moderated and controlled by our stage management. It will be switched on at specified moments when we encourage reaction from our audience and for a Q&A session after the show if the school would like one.
£150 (+VAT) per school for a link to join one live-streamed performance.
£250 (+VAT) per school for links to join two live-streamed performances.
(£450 (+VAT) for a live-streamed performance just for your school, on the date of your choice, with a Q&A session.)