Whilst a lot of us are really missing going to see live performance, the upside is that there is so much fantastic theatre and dance being streamed online that it’s difficult to know where to begin. So, for those with a little time on their hands or those who just want to watch some great performances, our Head of Performance, Helen Green, is keeping a watch on what’s being shared each week or already online. Here are her suggestions of just a few of the performances available to watch online in the coming week:
Thursday 6 May
I happened to mention in a work Zoom meeting with colleagues that I’d been watching some fantastic streamed performances over my cornflakes each morning – which led to the suggestion that I share what I’m interested in watching each week. So…after last week’s handful of suggestions of what was being shared by theatre and dance companies – with a bit of poetry thrown in as an extra, here are a few more performances I’m looking forward to watching over the next week, not always over breakfast though!
I’ve watched every one of the National Theatre at Home productions so far and they have all been fantastic. I’ll probably come back to these in the future, but one of my favourites was the cracking performance of Jane Eyre. This is no longer available online but another production of Jane Eyre has surfaced by the fabulous Blackeyed Theatre, so it will be interesting to see how they have tackled Charlotte Bronte’s gothic masterpiece. It is available on You Tube from 19.30 on 10th May – 17th May. Here’s a quick trailer
Last year I went with a group of writers from Sunderland to see Emma Rice’s Wise Children at York Theatre Royal. Emma Rice has produced some astonishing productions over the years for Kneehigh and the Globe. This production adapted from Angela Carter’s novel was quite extraordinary and had us all talking about it on the train back north and it certainly divided opinion. See what you think… https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0892kf6
Listening to Luke Wright perform his poetry is an experience to be remembered. His bad boy, punky vibe has been described by The Guardian as “rumbling with rage, passion and humour”. He has performed in Sunderland at The Peacock on several occasions and you can now catch him nightly performing on Twitter at 8pm. Check him out @lukewrightpoet
Finally, whilst last weekend the GIFT festival was successfully transferred online, another festival also managed to do the same. Breakin’ Convention is an annual hip hop dance festival that I got to visit in person last year at Sadlers Wells Theatre and absolutely loved the energy and dynamism of the whole event. They have produced a stripped back version of the festival that includes a number of amazing B-Boy performers – all introduced by the wonderful Jonzi D. Catch the festival here…
Plenty more to see online – and I’d love to hear what others are watching? Twitter @helisme