Bite-sized plays performed live down the phone over Valentine’s weekend
28 January 2021
In the latest series playing with form and experimenting how intimate theatre can exist in lockdown, New Perspectives are presenting a series of short telephone performances for Valentine's weekend. The short, love-themed dramas have been created to be performed live for one audience member at a time. Love Down the Line is a collaboration with rural theatre maker Sophia Hatfield, who runs Stute Theatre, and will be performed live by Sophia and Nottingham based actor Ollie Smith on alternating performances.
Sophia Hatfield said, "I'm delighted to be able to work with New Perspectives on this exciting new idea. Telephone Theatre is an innovative way of bringing an immersive live experience to audiences, whilst also allowing performers to work from home. I can't wait to spread some joy and share a bit of quality live theatre with our audiences this Valentine's!"
Artistic Director Jack McNamara said, "In the digital swamp we find ourselves in, I feel a renewed love for older forms of communication in all their creaky beauty. Following on from touring theatre on postcards, we were soon drawn to the telephone medium as a way of creating a new intimacy with audiences across different generations. Sophia Hatfield has already broken ground with this old/new medium, telephoning audiences throughout 2020 and we are thrilled to be bringing her discoveries into our mix to offer something truly different this Valentines."
New Perspectives is an East Midlands' based touring theatre company, specialising in bringing new work to rural and community audiences. Through an annual programme of original adaptations, rare revivals and new writing, we aim to bring live theatre that is diverse, affordable and accessible into the heart of wide-ranging communities, as well as to regional, national and international venues.
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