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[Update 10.06.2012 - Five Minute Theatre wins a Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) - category best technological production.] The Stage quotes judge Robert Dawson Scott, theatre critic of The Times: “For once, it wasn’t the pin point accuracy or the polished slickness of the endeavour that impressed: it was the sheer scale of the ambition which made Five Minute Theatre – 24 hours of uninterrupted, brand new theatre, streamed live from all over Scotland, to the world – such an astonishing technical triumph.”
Five Minute Theatre in an Hour!, is an AmbITion Scotland webinar, that explored the digitisation of live theatre content. Five Minute Theatre was an extraordinary piece of virtual and live theatre – work that I did as an Envirodigital branded project: working as producers together with National Theatre Scotland. Watch the case study as told by project creator Marianne Maxwell, National Theatre Scotland; media partner Robert Dawson Scott, STV and The Times theatre critic; and technical consultant/producer Hannah Rudman, Envirodigital, to find more out about this extraordinary virtual and live production.
In total during Five Minute Theatre, a twitter trend was created (#fiveminutetheatre was the top trend in Glasgow on the day) and there were over 6000 hours of theatre viewed online. To put that into context: NTS’s July touring production, Knives in Hens is 1.5 hour viewer hours. 6000 viewer hours online is therefore equivalent to 4000 people watching a one and a half hr production (that’s equivalent to around a sold-out 2 1/2 week run at a venue like The Traverse – a midscale scale venue).
The British Council have been hosting their Edinburgh Showcase 2011, which included a digital day, focusing on creating engaging digital content (case studies: Digital Theatre, NT LIve!, Watershed) and engaging audiences digitally (case studies: National Theatre Wales, Sadler’s Wells, Hoipolloi & my very own Envirodigital).
I talked to the international delegates about how to engage audiences internationally, but responsibly (in relation to protecting the environment) Watch the content from the day on demand here!
NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND MARKS ITS 5TH BIRTHDAY WITH A VIRTUAL 24 HOUR THEATRE PROJECT
Today, 25th February, 2011, the National Theatre of Scotland marks its fifth birthday by opening public submissions for a nationwide virtual theatre project as well as announcing details of a series of public platforms aimed at provoking and facilitating cultural debate.
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an overview of the Envirodigital project “Digital Content Ecology”
But here’s a few initiatives that came to my attention in particular:
Watershed’s Pervasive Media Lab’s Theatre Sandbox project, which is a commissioning scheme for six theatre artists & companies to research and develop new ideas which use pervasive media technologies.
Kiva.org, a microfinancing scheme that uses the internet, to create a global community of people connected through lending.
Aurifi – the unique audio only game app for iPhone.
Black Country Touring, Kali Theatre Company and Birmingham Rep Theatre are using webcasting to realise their latest play – set in homes across the Black Country! Behna is a play based in a Punjabi household set the day before a family wedding. As the guests are busy eating, singing and dancing, tension is brewing in the kitchen. Truths are told and secrets unfold between two generations of sisters. Fast-paced, funny and moving, Behna looks through the keyhole of a family home to reveal secrets and lies.
Six homes are hosting the play across the Black Country for their own private guests: of friends, family, neighbours and colleagues. Audiences will cram into the kitchens and hallways of the homes. A great blog reveals the rehearsal process – for the actors and those who have offered their homes up as sets.
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The next AmbITion Scotland webinar on March 25th is currently booking – click here for live and webcast tickets.
The AmbITion Scotlad Roadshow North (Inverness) will also be live and webcast online on March 18th – book here!
The AmbITion Scotland eventcast of the first Getting Digital event, live in Edinburgh on 28th January 2010 and live online, is also available on demand. You can watch the event, produced by Hannah Rudman’s other company, Envirodigital, at your leisure here! Scottish Arts Council simultaneously released their press release about the AmbITion Scotland programme – read that here.
As well as participating with the day through Twitter – #getambition – online audiences also participated with the event through online chat.
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Envirodigital produced an interactive eventcasting live from Sadlers Wells! 70 people tuned in online to hear and watch keynotes Jim Richardson of Sumo Design and John McGrath of National Theatre Wales.
Check out the days buzz on Google AMAdigitalday search results and
You can watch the eventcasts still, available on demand here.
They have also been increasingly busy establishing their wider webpresence – today they have 1058 Facebook fans, over 100 Twitter followers @NTWtweets, a YouTube Channel and of course the ever-growing membership of the online social network.
The depth of the participation and interaction and the quality digital assets are excellent: a real best practice exemplar
My Envirodigital client, the new National Theatre Wales, are launching their opening programme on 5th November 2009. It’ll be a big bang for a number of reasons: its Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes’ Night in the UK, so there will be fireworks. There will also be a new destination website to visit where you can find out what’s on and buy tickets (the huge online community that we’ve grown organically over the past year will be just a click away, and is still growing in numbers, depth and activity daily).
The final big bang will be the style of the launch: rather than hiring an expensive venue to which the press and VIPs have to travel, NTW are instead webcasting the programme launch, hoping that journalists will NOT make the journey to Cardiff, but will watch the news unfold online and so help NTW achieve its environmentally sustainable aspirations. Don’t expect a fancy brochure either: the only paper NTW will print is a (very beautiful!) newspaper. And that will be available digitally too, so if you can’t pick it up in person, don’t expect to receive one in the post [eco choices, not post strike reasons )].
Read John McGrath’s blog about the launch for all the details, and HUGE congratulations to John and all the NTW team from us at Envirodigital – we’re so proud that you stuck to all your original aspirations, and thrilled that we could help you make them realities! For more details on the digital choices that I helped NTW make to ensure their digital set-up was environmentally sustainable, read the Envirodigital blog posts about the community development and the organisational development.