The show must go on(line) part 2…
Following Government advice The Elgiva is now closed; to keep you ticking over until we can welcome you back through our doors, we have rounded up ANOTHER carefully-curated selection of theatrical and musical treats you can enjoy from home – so #staysafestayhome and soak up some incredible shows online…
Check out part 1 of our suggestions HERE.
With an amusing pun, The Southward Playhouse has renamed itself The Southwark Stayhouse and is sharing full-length shows and exclusive video content, absolutely free. They are launching with Wasted, a rock musical about the Brontë siblings (★★★★ “A fantastically witty, mischievous and camp musical.” The Guardian). Also available is Bound by Jesse Briton (★★★★★ “One of the most accomplished pieces of debut playwriting that I’ve seen in a long time.” Evening Standard) which was nominated for an Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright. Lots to enjoy.
Opéra National de Paris
Streaming some of its most “emblematic productions”, France’s primary opera and ballet company have some delicious content for you to enjoy. Be sure to click ‘EN’ in the top-right corner to ease navigation (unless your French is!) The selection includes Carmen, Cinderella, Don Pasquale…
The British Film Institute
The British Film Institute (BFI) has a wide selection of shorts and features that showcase the best from the BFI, national and regional archives – including 120 years of Britain on film. They also have films that can be rented, or watched via subscription (including Bait, this year’s Chiltern Film Society Members’ Choice).
Be sure to check out the “Spotlight on Key Workers” which is a salute to the vital workers who keep our essential services running in bad times – and all the time.
Hitting The MoMa-Load With Free Art Courses
The Museum of Modern Art in New York is offering you the chance to “up your art game” with a series of free online art courses. There are contributions from curators, artists and designers, as well as the ability to take a closer look at the works featured in MoMA’s collection and exhibitions. Featuring lectures on Modern Art & Ideas, What Is Contemporary Art? and Seeing Through Photographs.
The Theatre Shed – Film Activity Ideas For Children
Our good friends, local charity The Theatre Shed are keeping touch with their members during the current crisis with Shed Online; they have released a series of activity sheets for Shed Film Club which are a great way to explore a classic film as a family.
While you’re on the site, do check out the inspiring and vital work The Theatre Shed does locally, helping young people to explore performance skills such as acting, singing, dancing, physical theatre & more in a supportive environment.
MelodyVR – Stream Live Gigs
Either with a VR headset or (and this is 99% of us) with their free app. Free content as well as gigs you pay to watch – heaps of great talent from Mabel to Panic! At The Disco and from Post Malone to Lewis Capaldi.
Cirque du Soleil
And now for something completely different… The iconic troupe Cirque du Soleil is putting hour-long free shows on its YouTube channel. You might not be able to run away to the circus during lockdown, but at least the circus can come to you.
Told By An Idiot
Quite simply, a different show every week. The Told By An Idiot crew delve into their archive to bring those stuck at home: “Collaborative writing, anarchic physicality and a playful but rigorous approach to text … creating a genuinely spontaneous experience for the audience. Using a wealth of imagery and a rich theatrical language, we aim to tell universal stories that are accessible to all.”
Sadler’s Wells Theatre
A raft of dance-themed online content, from family dance workshops and elder Flamenco workshops (not unlike your beloved local Elgiva) to full-length dance performances and new works. Look out for performances by BalletBoyz and Alvin Ailey, among others.
One World: Together At Home
OK – it’s long… eight hours? Clearly it’s too much ego for one sitting, so we suggest you dip in and out. Highlights – Elton John playing piano in his garden under a basketball hoop, The Rolling Stones ‘avin’ it large and Taylor Swift performing “You’ll Get Better Soon”, a song about her mum’s cancer diagnosis which she swore she’d never perform live. Also check out Billie Joe Armstrong (from Green Day), Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé.