Lockdown life has presented some challenges to say the least. We know it’s hard to stay positive and inspired during this period, so we’ve gathered some helpful resources to keep you immersed in the performing arts industry.
Theatre companies have made content available digitally, among them most notably The National Theatre who have been streaming a new show every week, and many organisations have launched schemes to keep us creative and creating.
It’s incredible how the sector has pulled together to support each other and provide amazing opportunities, and we hope you can make good use of some of them.
Want to stay inspired and entertained whilst in lockdown? WhatsOnStage have put together a list of stage shows, musicals and opera you can watch online for free, and are updating the list daily. Start watching.
Backstage Magazine have compiled a list of resources you might need as an actor or creator, about finances and employment, health, national and state resources, industry news, training and online classes, and remote auditions. Check it out.
3) Nick Hern Books
This theatre publisher and performing rights agency have put together a list of interesting and useful initiatives including things to watch, things to get involved in, things for kids, and advice and references. Have a look.
4) Frantic Digital
Frantic Assembly have launched Frantic Digital, a brand new resource designed to take you behind the scenes of the Frantic Method; sharing insights into the creative and rehearsal process (Frantic Flashbacks), practical creative tasks (Frantic Create) and fun, production related warm ups that can all be safely tried at home.Access Frantic Digital.
5) JAM Social Slam
As a company that delivers workshops for actors, Just Add Milk are keeping that going by introducing the JAM Social Slam which invites 10 actors a week to take part in a live monologue slam and receive feedback from industry professionals. Get slamming.
6) The House Is Now Open
The OSO Arts Centre are running a scheme called The House Is Now Open; an initiative that aims to facilitate remote collaborations from the home. They match up creatives to make new material online andupload it to their YouTube account, and a selection of the pieces will be performed live in their theatre when the venue reopens.Start creating.
7) The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre
SOLT and UK Theatre have come together to launch a supportive network for theatre professionals. They have set up a helpline for people who are having to face issues that are affecting their health and wellbeing at this time. It is open to anyone who works in theatre, whether freelance or in-house.Get in touch.
MoneySavingExpert have put together an article of 15 free ways to relax, feel good and look after yourself during lockdown, including links to meditation apps, yoga, online meet-ups and uplifting podcasts. Stay healthy.
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