John Wyver: “The language of lockdown: split-screens and spatial montages in online performance adaptations during and beyond the pandemic”

Many performance companies responded to the enforced closure of theatres in 2020-21 by taking their creative practice online. Theatre and dance companies across Europe, in the United States and beyond released archival recordings of stage productions but from early in the pandemic also began to create new productions for the digital space.             Shaped byContinue reading “John Wyver: “The language of lockdown: split-screens and spatial montages in online performance adaptations during and beyond the pandemic””

Cyrielle Garson: “Reinventing VR during the Covid-19 Crisis: A Preliminary View of its Potential for the Theatre Sector”

Arguably, for an industry that is still reeling from the Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions, as well as the impact longer-term they will have on performance-making, theatre attendance and tickets sales, the ability to offer an immersive theatre experience in perceived safer environments could be decisive. For one thing, the recent crisis has significantly highlighted theContinue reading “Cyrielle Garson: “Reinventing VR during the Covid-19 Crisis: A Preliminary View of its Potential for the Theatre Sector””

Zoë Seaton: Hijacking the Familiar: The Work of Big Telly Theatre Company (Keynote lecture)

In this keynote, I will explore what we have learnt about the experience of theatre by audiences through the pandemic. Since March 2020, Big Telly has created five theatre productions, an interactive online soap opera, two virtual weddings where the audience/guests make their own meals and a digital food festival. As with so much ofContinue reading “Zoë Seaton: Hijacking the Familiar: The Work of Big Telly Theatre Company (Keynote lecture)”

Sally Shuttleworth: “Contagion Cabaret in the Time of COVID” (Keynote lecture)

Contagion Cabaret was a performance event, originally created in 2017, that interwove music and drama with short talks from medical experts and historians.   Devised by the ‘Diseases of Modern Life’ research project at the University of Oxford together with the professional theatre company, Chipping Norton Theatre,  Contagion Cabaret created a fun and fast-paced exploration ofContinue reading “Sally Shuttleworth: “Contagion Cabaret in the Time of COVID” (Keynote lecture)”

Sarah Bay-Cheng: “Theatre without Theatre: Performance Transmission as Translation” (Keynote lecture)

In the wake of the global pandemic, nearly all forms of live performance – theatre, music, and live art, among others – abruptly shifted to digital production online. This phenomenon may be best understood as a (compelled) act of translation, the “expression or rendering of a thing in another medium or form; the conversion or adaptationContinue reading “Sarah Bay-Cheng: “Theatre without Theatre: Performance Transmission as Translation” (Keynote lecture)”