The show must go on: Watch theatre online

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Venues around the UK are closed for the foreseeable near future. To keep us connected to culture at this time, we're sharing theatre and dance performances online. We'll keep this page updated over the coming months. If you think something is missing get in touch: theatreanddance@britishcouncil.org or via Twitter: @UKTheatreDance

Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland

A Royal Court and Abbey Theatre production, commissioned by The Space

 

Cyprus Avenue mixes live performances from its Royal Court production with on location film in Belfast. This black comedy tells the story of a man struggling with his past and terrified of the future.


National Theatre Live at home

 

 

The National Theatre are streaming a new production online every Thursday on YouTube, free to watch for a week. Next up, from Thursday 14 May Inua Ellam's Barbershop Chronicles for generations, African men have gathered in barber shops to discuss the world. These are places where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling.

British Council ZA was a supporting partner for the Barbershop Chronicles.


Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Monday night streams

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Shobana Jeyasingh Dance are an internationally recognised company led by choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh, who collaborates with scientists, dancers, composers and digital designers to make multi-disciplinary work. They are screening a different online performance every Monday on Facebook, beginning with Configurations on Monday 20 April.


Livestream archive

 

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A digital archive of UK theatre and dance performance by small scale and fringe companies. Available to watch online for free.


Bubble by Kieran Hurley – performed by Theatre Uncut

 

Bubble is a simultaneous global theatrical debate, connecting live and online audiences across borders to discuss freedom of speech in the university community and the nature of online debate. Set entirely on Facebook and written in both text and emoji the play tracks the unexpected snowball of events following the moment a male lecturer calls a female student a slut.


Sadler's Wells Digital Stage
 

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Sadler's Wells presents a programme of full-length dance performances and workshops, to connect you to dance whilst live stages are dark.


Culture to Couch from Space Arts

 

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The Space support artists and arts organisations to reach audiences online. Their Culture to Couch initiative collates productions you can watch online from home.


Imitating the Dog

 

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Imitating the dog fuse live performance with digital technology with a focus on storytelling They've toured internationally with pieces for stage as well as  non-traditional performance spaces. They're releasing previous performances online to go some way to filling the void of live theatre. Catch a different performance each week.


Atomos by Studio Wayne McGregor

 

Bodies, movement, film, sound and light are atomised into miniature shards of intense sensation. Taking creative points of departure from atomised film, music and biometric data, Wayne McGregor’s choreography is woven into an intense 70-minute film, performed by the dancers of Company Wayne McGregor in his distinctive style.

 


Staging Shiele by Shobana Jeyasingh

 

Staging Schiele is inspired by the extraordinary work and life of Austrian artist Egon Schiele, famous for his unflinching nudes and self portraits, and scrutinises the eternal conundrum of the male artist and the female model. Four dancers inhabit Schiele’s highly-charged world of colour, masterful lines and unusual perspectives, a world that puts the human body on visceral display.


European theatre to watch online from The Stage

 

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The Stage magazine have curated a list of current European theatre you can watch online from all across the continent.


Key Change by Open Clasp Theatre Company

 

 

Broadcast as part of a global campaign to end violence against women Key Change is an all-female prison drama from Newcastle's Open Clasp Theatre Company. It's devised by female prisoners in HMP Low Newton and based on their real life experiences. Raw, powerful and funny, it's an illuminating portrayal of the lives of women in a British prison and is a unique opportunity to hear their voices.


Antarctica The First Dance by Corey Baker

 

Filmed in temperatures ranging from -2.4 to -16°C over 12 demanding days on the ice, The First Dance is the first ever dance film on the world's last great wilderness. Created and directed by the award-winning New Zealand born choreographer Corey Baker, and performed by Royal New Zealand Ballet's Madeleine Graham, the film takes you across the stunning, yet demanding, ice planes of the southern continent to a soundtrack by London Grammar.

 

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