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Youth Theatre Online: Hamlet

Whilst our youth theatre workshops are suspended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are sharing weekly updates with theatre related online resources for our youth theatre. We’ve added the newsletter here in case it’s helpful for others too!

Week 7: 04/05/2020

Live Artist Q&As

It’s our first online Q&A with actress and writer Rosa Hesmondhalgh this Monday (11th) at 3.30pm!

Rosa will be answering your questions about how she got into theatre at school, writing a play, what drama school is like, and how she got there, and just a general chat about what you’re interested in.

In the meantime, to help you prepare your questions for our Q&A, please watch the video of Rosa’s play Madame Ovary, filmed during her production’s run in Edinburgh (sent via email).

Hamlet: this week’s play screening

Captured in the round at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, this production boldly reimagines gender across the characters. Maxine Peake, a leading British talent, stars as the first UK female Hamlet on a major stage for 35 years.

Inspirational online resources

  • The National Theatre are screening a different play every Thursday. This week is Frankenstein, directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller – plus they have a monthly theatre quiz we can all join in with, alongside some famous faces!
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber is sharing his musicals online with The Show Must Go On – one every Friday for 48 hours
  • Rose Theatre Kingston are screening Readings from The Rose every day at 1pm, with famous faces reading their favourite poems (look out for NYAT’s patron Christopher Ecclestone)
  • Masterclass have free online workshops about different jobs in the creative industries: plus a screening of Cookies, a play about young people’s experiences online
  • King’s Head Theatre are on Instagram Live every day at 1pm featuring different theatre professionals talking about how they got started in theatre
  • Theatre company Graeae are screening a short monologue every Monday by artists about life in lockdown
  • Listen to podcasts on Backstage Careers from Disney’s West End shows! Learn about careers in wardrobe, stage managing, costume design, puppets, make up, carpentry, sound and more
  • Renowned theatre company Complicite are streaming The Encounter on 15th May 7pm – a unique online theatrical experience for which you will need headphones to watch

Looking forward to sharing more theatre resources next week and catching up on our online chat at 3.30pm. What did everyone think of Love Song?

Very best wishes,

Ruth, Matt and Matty 🙂

This news item was posted on 7 May 2020.


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