Like all of you, we are grappling with the huge impact COVID-19 is having around the world, and in our daily lives. As we plan for our annual summer arts festival, we do not know if public gatherings will be feasible at that date, or if everyone will be “social distancing” and spending a lot of time at home.
Despite this uncertainty, we wanted to introduce you to Festival, Interrupted. Alongside a day-long exhibition hosted by the Department of Media Arts and virtual Student Workshops created by the Department of Drama, Theatre & Dance, we now open up the opportunity for students and staff at the Department of Music to submit a digital event for the festival.
There are many possibilities that you could propose, such as, but not limited to:
- Home to Home Challenge: Record a drama performance at home for inclusion in the festival listing, and tag three friends to challenge them to respond with their own performances, based on the confines of their own home environment. What are the moments of beauty, frustration, or idleness you find yourself experiencing, and how might you use performance to capture this?
- Sites and Sights: Get outdoors and explore your environment (observing the restrictions of social distancing and staying safe). Maybe there is a location near to you which is visually intriguing, atmospheric or has always suggested a particular story or mood to you. Devise your own short piece for your location, or find a piece of text or music, and livestream or record your performance.
- Online Workshops: Do you have drama skills or interests you’d like to share? Do you have warm up, vocal, movement or writing skills you could offer in a fun and informative way? Why not present a 30-minute sessionoffering an introduction to this skill for online viewers to participate in for inclusion in the festival?
- Digital Performance: Why not propose or be part of a livestreamed digital play. Is there a play you feel would respond well to the restrictions of digital live performance, with the performers working from home? Make a proposal for your piece and tell us how a zoom-style performance from remote locations would support this performance.
- Global Livestream: a long video stream of related digital events that will show the rich diversity of live performances from around the UK and the rest of the world.
- Digital Playreadings: The Department will host a playreading a week – if you would like to propose a play or perform in one, make a proposal. Consider what plays are relevant or conversely, may provide precious light relief at this time, and how they might work in a digital format.
In this time of social distancing, performing art’s powerful role to bring us together as a community is more important than ever. While physical public gatherings may not be currently accessible, we can still stay connected online and celebrate music.
- Any enquiries regarding the festival or application process for a drama event should be addressed to Rebecca McCutcheon: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- When you are ready, please submit a proposal using the form on this website.