A Midsummer Night's Dream
6.55pm update: due to the issues below, we will be going live at about 8pm ** Stop press*** we have been encountering massive unexpected technical issues, namely the internet going in and out, over the past 12 hours, so that while the link is below preparing for tonight, we are not sure that everything is uploading on time. We hope very much that it will, we have been working to get this up solidly with no sleep since 6pm on May 29th, (now 9am on May 30th), our tech team on no sleep, to fix it, but if there is a delay, there will be a performance up for watching with a cast chat, as advertised, as absolutely soon as possible. It should be working at 7 as the internet is back up and running, although there may be a slight delay (showing at 79% ready at 6.15pm). For any delays, we will have a quiz (lower right hand of this page) and will also make the show available for two extra days (that is up to June 4th) for everyone to catch up. The video link is further down this page.
Thank you so much for coming to join us, supporting theatre through these unprecendented times, from the safety of your own home! Our team are also coming together in cyber-space to create entertainment and performances for you, and also to continue to earn (after all the livelihoods of most actors and creatives have ended with social distancing meaning that live performances in theatres are postponed, and film productions on hold.) So, rather than performing on a theatre stage, as we would normally; we are coming together in cyberspace from our own home studios, to bring you great theatre through the internet instead!
What to expect
On the morning of the screening, the video link below will be changed to that of the online performance. It will go live, at what, in a theatre, would be the "curtain up" time - in this case at 7PM on May 30th 2020.
From 6.30PM, please come to this page. You can then either watch the video from 7PM, through this page, or you can come direct to our youtube channel, following the Youtube link, where you can also join in live chat with our cast and crew about the production on the Youtube platform.
Please note that the screening event will only be accessible to those who have purchased tickets in advance, and who have been provided with this page link.
You will have the best audience experience by viewing this production on a laptop, PC or tablet, rather than the small screen of a smartphone. We would also recomend that you connect to your home WIFI, rather than using mobile data.
You may be experiencing live theatre this way for the first time.. We have taken a lot of time to work out what is the most user-friendly, and accessible way of presenting the performance and interaction for you. As this is the first time we have created an online project like this (to create theatre in a pandemic - something for which there is no manual!), we would also be very interested in all comments, questions and feedback - please just drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org
For the benefit of those in other (non-UK timezones), or anyone who has tech issues at the time, the link to watch the show will remain up for the following 48 hours.
Due to internet outages earlier in the day we may have a slight delay in getting started tonight.. In the meantime, our amazing Dorothy will be running a Shakespeare quiz. (once the premiere starts anyone interested can come over to the live chat on youtube.