Lockdown 2020: reviews and interviews

From mid-March 2020, the theatre sector across the world went dark – and went digital! As buildings closed their doors, shows were paused, staff were furloughed and freelances saw contracts cancelled, there was an explosion of creativity which including the release of archive recordings and newly-created content streamed on Zoom, YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo and Instagram.

I have tried to sample, watch and review as much as possible over the past few months. I have also done occasional interviews with industry professionals to find out where they started, what they have been doing in lockdown, and what their hopes are for the future.

Reviews

In Conversation with Miriam Margoyles (Omnibus Theatre)

Talking Heads 5-8 (BBC)

ABC (Anything But Covid) (HOME, Manchester/Ugly Bucket)

Up, Up, Up and Away (Super Stories with City Actors/Creation Theatre)

Nigel Slater’s Toast (Laurence Batley Theatre)

Conduit (Chronic Insanity)

BWW review: Birdsong Online (Original Theatre)

Primrose Path (originally published in North West End UK) (Mannequin Mouth)

Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran (Battersea Arts Centre)

Talking Heads 1-4 (BBC)

Black Women Dating White Men (Talking Back Theatre)

Staged (BBC)

BWW review: Razed and Confuzed Goes Digital (Raze Collective)

The Last Five Years (The Other Palace)

Here I Am (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch)

Bard from the Barn, series 1 (Barn Theatre, Circencester)

work_from_home (New Diorama Theatre/Incoming Theatre)

The Croft (Original Theatre)

Saplings 2.0 (Bloom Theatre)

Fallen in Love (Red Rose Chain)

Lag: A Zoomsical Comedy (Out of Hand)

A Kind of Magic (Magical Bones)

Catalyst in the Clouds (Mountview Academy, MA Creative Producers)

Out of Control (Chalk Roots Theatre)

Digital DisabiliTease (Little Peaches)

The Machine Stops (Big Telly NI)

Five4Five (Gaunt and Son/Tectum Theatre)

BWW review: A Monster Calls (Bristol Old Vic/The Old Vic)

Love Letters at Home (Uninvited Guests/Fuel)

Entitled (Quarantine)

#TheRevolutionoftheWord (Mrs C’s Collective)

In Praise of Love (Jermyn Street Theatre)

Strictly Sherlock (Don’t Go Into the Cellar)

Mother Courage and her Children (Berliner Ensemble)

No Show by Christopher Green (The Yard)

The Showstoppers: Alternative Eurovision (The Showstoppers)

Yours Sincerely (Quick Duck Theatre)

I Want My Hat Back / I Have Found a Hat (Little Angel Theatre)

Isolation Stories (ITV)

National eTheatr

A Seperate Peace (Curtain Call)

About 500 (Simona Hughes)

Waiting for Hamlet

Fight Back 2020 Festival (New Theatre, Dublin)

One World Together / All the Web’s a Stage

Super Hamlet 64 (Edalia Day)

A Habit of Art (Original Theatre)

The Show Must Go On: Titus Andronicus (Rob Myles)

Treasure Island (NT at Home)

Bloom Theatre: Saplings (Bloom Theatre)

Flowers for Mrs Harris (Chichester Festival)

Laugh and Let Die: Game of Groans

H. (Wybrzeze Theatre)

BOiBOX Online

The Tempest (Big Telly NI/Creation Theatre)

White (Catherine Wheels Theatre)

2 Clowns 1 Cup (Ugly Bucket)

Crocodile Rock (BBC Scotland)

Testament of Yootha (Caroline Burns Cooke)

Wild (Hamostead Theatre)

One Man, Two Guv’nors (NT at Home)

Abomination: A DUP Opera (Belfasr Ensemble/Outburst Arts)

Bubble (Kieran Hurley)

Check-Up: Our NHS @ 70 (Mark Thomas)

Orangutan (Cup of Brew)

Where Do We Go Next? (Bunker Theatre)

Henry V (Barn Theatre, Cirencester)

Since U Been Gone (Teddy Lamb)

I and You (Hampstead Theatre)

Interviews

Preview: Isolation Ensemble (Lucy Aarden)

Lyndon Samuel

BWW interview: Rachel Wagstaff

Olivia Munk

Gemma Murray

Erica Miller

Christina Fulcher

David Ball

Jack Wills