All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women are merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts.
The world maybe on hold at the moment, we may not be able to play our parts as usual and there maybe too many unexpected exits and no fanfare for our babes making their entrance but life goes on. The seasons change, our hairs grey and our bellies may have grown a little rounder. However Shakespeare would love to know his plays go on but in a very different format. We no longer visit the beautiful, majestic theatres of which we have become accustomed but we laugh, we cry, we sing and sympathize with characters in our own homes. We sit on our sofas, with cups of tea/glasses of wine and we escape.
I have lived on my own for over 5 years, happily in my own company but usually I have a busy social schedule to keep me from spending too much time on my own, dining at nice restaurants, attending fun-filled events with friends and family and seeing at least one piece of theatre a week (perk of my job and my blog) mixed in with attending gigs. I have been at home for over six weeks now, like the majority of the population but thankfully I have been entertained throughout. I am very thankful for our theatre companies, our theatres, our creatives, our artists and technicians.
So far I have seen dozens of amazing dramas including National Theatre’s dark, physical drama Frankenstein, two amazing Matthew Bourne ballets (one of which was on my bucket list), numerous musicals, including my all-time feel-good favourite; Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat, Two Shakespearean plays both told in very different ways; National Theatres modern adaptation of Twelfth Night which was hilarious and beautiful, and Big Telly Theatre Companies Tempest a ground breaking Live Zoom theatre piece which brought not only actors and performances into my living room but also an audience, a fantastic production which left me in happy tears.
As you know I work in theatre, it pays my wage as well as feeding my soul but this next year will be very hard for all theatres and performers. Over the past few weeks I have tried to do the little I can, posting about what you can watch and what you can stream. I have also made donations for all this free content and have paid for tickets . I ask that if you can afford to, you do the same so that theatre and the entertainment world lives on when the world starts to revolve once again!
And if you can’t afford to make a donation or buy a ticket and have had a pay cut like me or have no wage whatsoever don’t worry we will still be here for you, we will still try to entertain, inspire and educate in years to come! After all the show must go on!
Emer D xx
Below are my top picks of what you can watch this weekend and if you need a recap or a few more suggestions here are a few of my earlier posts:
It is week 2 of the Lyric Theatre Belfast’s New Speak Reimagined online. An artist initiative with lots of new work from local artists find out more here.
Big Telly Theatre Company have a new interactive Zoom show: Operation Elsewhere, a new virtual visit to mythical Ireland! I’ve got my ticket have you got yours? Find out more here.
Andrew Lloyd Webber is broadcasting his 50 year Royal Albert Hall celebration, a celebration of his musicals and the chcokablock full of musical stars! Find out more here
From lunchtime today (Thursday) David Walliams’ The Midnight Gang is now available to live stream Chichester Festival Theatre. Find out more here
National Theatre at Home broadcasted the fantastic Frankenstein starring Benedict Cumberbatch from tonight you can find it here