Online Theatre Streams Across the North

Holly Eliza Temple

While the curtain may have fallen on in-real-life theatre productions for now, arts and cultural institutions have been quick to adapt to our online way of living. Here’s a round up of online theatre streams from venues across the North of England.

Image via Royal & Derngate on Facebook

On Hostile Ground
Royal & Derngate, Northampton

On Hostile Ground is a new musical drama from Northampton’s Royal & Derngate Theatre. Based on testimonies from real citizens, the musical responds to experiences of the hostile environment and the cabinet meeting that created the policy. The production, sure to be shocking and emotional, is being presented as a series of 14 music videos, free to watch online from 16th February until 27th April. You can watch the trailer here – and make sure you reserve your free space for the Q&A series the Theatre will be hosting online about the creation of the production.

Learning To Swim On An Ironing Board
Contact, Manchester

A theatre and arts venue placing young people at the centre of decision-making, Contact are constantly sparking thoughtful discussions for their audiences. Learning To Swim On An Ironing Board is a production by Conor A, a spoken word artist and workshop facilitator in Manchester. The performance comes live to you from Conor A’s living room, a story of “getting better at not getting better”, when living with an invisible disability like fibromyalgia. Curious? You’ll just have to book your ticket and listen to Conor’s story yourself.
The live Zoom performance takes place at 7:00pm on Friday 12th March. Tickets are sold on a sliding scale at £2 for concessions, £3 for under-35s or £5 full-priced.

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HOME, Manchester
Launched last year, Homemakers is an ongoing project by HOME that is commissioning artists to create work at home, for people at home. This month brings two new commissions to the programme, with Don’t Touch My Hair, a five minute production performed by Hot Brown Honey in Australia – written by Lisa Fa’alafi and Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Powers. HOME describes the show as “equal parts social activism and earworm and entirely what the world needs right now”. The second new commission is Dear People of No Colour, a seven minute reflection on race and identity from emerging writer Esosa Ighodaro.
Most Homemakers features are free to watch or ‘pay what you feel’ through HOME’s website.

What’s Online?
Unity Theatre, Liverpool
Unity prides itself on developing diverse theatre-makers, so while their doors are closed, they’re promoting work from talent in Liverpool and across the UK online. Take a look at their What’s Online calendar to see what’s showing each day. One not to miss is Black with a Capital B presented by 20 Stories High – seven new works by Black Liverpool artists, from poetry to visual art, music to film. 

Hull Truck at Home
Hull Truck Theatre
Hull Truck Theatre is keeping the nation inspired with Hull Truck at Home, a programme of activities and recordings for families, children and theatre fans craving creative engagement. And if you’re looking to kick back with the popcorn and pretend you’re back at the big stage, take a look at these online streams to keep you satisfied: Blackeyed Theatre’s Jane Eyre is showing from 22nd-28th February, and the following month brings The Picture of Dorian Gray – from Associated Theatres between 16th-31st March.


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