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Notice: Creating Theatre In A Covid Landscape – A Guildford School Of Acting Project

Published on: 21 Nov, 2020
Updated on: 21 Nov, 2020

Guildford School of Acting (GSA) says it is delighted to be hosting – and working with FUSE ARTS and other industry partners, Creation Theatre and Fray Studio – on a unique and innovative development project titled Creating Theatre in a Covid Landscape.

Project creator and programme leader for BA Theatre Production at GSA, Mig Burgess, said working with its technical theatre students and partnering them with professional creatives, the project explores how challenging and provocative theatre can be produced while maintaining a Covid secure environment.

She said the innovative project provides an opportunity for students to collaborate with industry professionals.

The Creating Theatre in a Covid Landscape project has developed four Covid-compliant theatrical events which will be live streamed as part of two seminars. The first two were held on Friday, November 20. The remaining seminars will be held on Friday, November 27 at 3.30pm and 5pm and the public can attend for free. To receive a live stream go to: gsaevents@gsa.surrey.ac.uk

The seminars are:

• How can we collaborate as an industry to produce live theatre against the context of the global pandemic?
• How can we retain the “magic” of a live theatre show through the power of theatre technology?
• How can we produce innovative and viable shows that minimise financial exposure and encourage venues to risk showing Covid compliant work?

Mig Burgess added: “We want to do our part to help get the lights back on in theatres across the country in any way we can.

“As trainers of the next generation of performers and production staff we owe it to our students and graduates to proactively work to help the industry we are sending our young professionals to work in.”

All of the shows have been conceived, rehearsed and staged in strict adherence to the current government guidelines and it is hoped that theatres will consider taking these live shows to their venues at minimal cost, while benefitting from the collected knowledge ensued from the project’s facilitation and production. Full technical riders will be provided.

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