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Interactive theatre: five rules of play from an audience perspective

Interactive theatre: five rules of play from an audience perspective | iReview Theatre Scoop | Scoop.it
Audiences have never been hungrier for experience, but these productions need a rigorous approach, says Miriam Gillinson

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This a new age for enjoying performances. We invited the radio into our homes. We opened our door to televisions, to the internet and everything else that has come with it. But this is a reversal in the arts, where we the audience are being invited in. Theatre is no longer set in building- but like heart that defines the home, the audience will now define the performance.

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Bettye Zoller's curator insight, January 26, 2013 10:36 PM

Audiences today are weary of being PASSIVE. Involve them and soon, you'll get your name and your work noticed. Second City, the famous Chicago comedy training ground, has long known that the fav part of their productions is when the actors leave stage and the audience uses post it notes to give ideas for skits. Involve the audience and they'll be YOURS.

Melissa M's comment, May 5, 2013 3:42 AM
This article is useful when designing your own theatrical pieces for assignments. It allows you to think if you want a passive or interactive audience, and where the boundaries lie for this style of theatre.
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How can a director produce an effective interactive theatre performance?

Why do many interactive performances fail to fulfill their purpose?

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The iReviewtheatre Daily

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The Edinburgh Fringe Hangover

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Leaving Edinburgh Fringe is like suffering a from a massive hangover. You'll try and piece it together, ask yourself why you went, and promise yourself never again. Edinburgh Fringe is the calendar...
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Spent @ Soho Theatre

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Mobile phones are normally abhorred in theatres, but not in this performance. As I enter Soho’s top floor space all nineteen cast-members are tapping away on their devices. Jodi Gray’s nine playlet...
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Great talent at Oxford School of Drama - performing a play well suited to their vitality

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The Austerity Show @ Norden Farm

The Austerity Show @ Norden Farm | iReview Theatre Scoop | Scoop.it
The Austerity show is like a bric-a-bac shop, with a jumbled mish-mash of things to entertain, but no thread to hold it all together. Richard Attlee, as character Hubert, accosts the audience as th...
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Look Back in Anger @ Reading Rep

Look Back in Anger @ Reading Rep | iReview Theatre Scoop | Scoop.it
John Osborne’s 1950s landmark play incubates the legacy of the ‘angry young men’, a denouement of the war, but whose legacy lives on with today’s youth. Jimmy Porter is exasperated with the letharg...
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Peter Brook on Shakespeare

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Last night our theatre editor, Nell Frizzell, went to a National Theatre Platform where Mark Lawson interviewed the legendary director Peter Brook about his new book, The Quality of Mercy, and his 70-year career.
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How to set up your first theatre company – live chat

How to set up your first theatre company – live chat | iReview Theatre Scoop | Scoop.it
Join us from noon on Friday 26 July to talk founding a theatre company – from structure and funding to logos and names
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Dublin Theatre Festival to Include New Play by Frank McGuinness, Plus Waiting for Godot, Threepenny Opera and More - Playbill.com

Dublin Theatre Festival to Include New Play by Frank McGuinness, Plus Waiting for Godot, Threepenny Opera and More - Playbill.com | iReview Theatre Scoop | Scoop.it
This year's Dublin Theatre Festival, running Sept. 26-Oct.
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The iReviewtheatre Daily

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Theatre nuggest for the week's top news.

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London could do more to help small theatres, report says

London could do more to help small theatres, report says | iReview Theatre Scoop | Scoop.it
Report calls for free advertising on underground network and says mayor should appoint ambassador for small theatres
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Theatre reviews: should critics know what tickets cost? – open thread

Theatre reviews: should critics know what tickets cost? – open thread | iReview Theatre Scoop | Scoop.it
Lyn Gardner: Should reviewers be required to find out what their prime seats cost – or is it crass to put a price on art?
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Nicole Zandi's comment, July 2, 2013 10:13 AM
Is a review arbitrary- or does the context matter? And should critics make allowances for cheaper tickets- is there such a thing as getting your money's worth when it comes to theatre?

Since Theatre producers, marketeers and box office team spend so much of their time projecting sales and setting prices, then it should be something that critics are aware of and critics have a duty to send a message back to the theatre.

Whilst there should always be a focus on the performance and Art for Art's sake- in the current climate of Art cuts there needs to be some measure with regards to how much the production is costing and how much the tickets sell for. A lot of people go to reviews to ask the obvious question, is it worth going to and this needs to addressed. This will level the playing field for smaller theatres with smaller budgets and help create a theatre-going culture that people can afford.
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Ten Underrated Shakespeare Plays

Ten Underrated Shakespeare Plays | iReview Theatre Scoop | Scoop.it
Everyone knows Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, and Richard III (or knows of them at least). Even Richard II, As You Like It, and Antony and Cleopatra can be said to be well-known Shakespeare plays...
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10 of Shakesperare's less kown or talked about plays- although some of these have been staged recently in some top theatres and Henry VIII is availble digitally from the Globr. Eitherway a good list accompanied with intersting facts. Is this what the people want? 

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Chisenhale Dance Space- 30th Birthday Programme

Chisenhale Dance Space- 30th Birthday Programme | iReview Theatre Scoop | Scoop.it
The East London based dance studio has finalised its celebration schedule with mongrel collaboration of film and performance to enjoy, as well as pay-what-you-can workshops and of course cake! The ...
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The iReviewtheatre Daily

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Top theatre news from theatres, newspapers and Arts enthusiasts.
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Vivian Stanshall’s Sir Henry at Rawlinson End @ Norden Farm

Vivian Stanshall’s Sir Henry at Rawlinson End @ Norden Farm | iReview Theatre Scoop | Scoop.it
Vivian Stanshall’s flamboyant 1978 album is aired in a one-man tour de force, creating a gif portrait of the eponymous Sir Henry at Rowlinson End. Stanshall’s work is the ultimate audio-book for ad...
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In the hot seat: playing it cool at the theatre

In the hot seat: playing it cool at the theatre | iReview Theatre Scoop | Scoop.it
Lyn Gardner: When temperatures go up, audiences either melt or sit shivering in auditoriums. Just how do you handle the heat?
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Dame Edna's career celebrated in final tour

Dame Edna's career celebrated in final tour | iReview Theatre Scoop | Scoop.it
For some, it's the most staid tactic in the book, yet 'LAST EVER!' seems to sell; whether we're talking theatre, boybands or even in sport.
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Should a playwright have the final say over a production?

Should a playwright have the final say over a production? | iReview Theatre Scoop | Scoop.it
Lyn Gardner: The case of a disgruntled Australian playwright throws up the fascinating question of who's really in charge of a show
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Having the text of a play and seeing it live our vastly different things. Any playwright has to be resolved to accept the colloborative process of having a play produced. It is an interpretation of the written thing, and whilst playwrights still reap the praise that TV and film writers dream of, they are still not autonomous.

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Unmasking a theatrical original

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Felix Barrett and Maxine Doyle of Punchdrunk talk about The Drowned Man, their highly ambitious new immersive theatre production.
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Live broadcasting of Glyndebourne’s 'Hippolyte et Aricie' @ Norden Farm

Live broadcasting of Glyndebourne’s 'Hippolyte et Aricie' @ Norden Farm | iReview Theatre Scoop | Scoop.it
French Baroque has recently been tried and tested at English National Opera, with great success and so is a welcome addition to Glyndebourne’s Live Broadcasting events, with a consuming production ...
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Janice Okoh on The Bruntwood Prize

Janice Okoh on The Bruntwood Prize | iReview Theatre Scoop | Scoop.it
How to pitch, interpreting real life experiences and whether you should do an MA
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Brilliant interview with the Bruntwood Prizr winner, who says real life experience is essential content for her plays.

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Macbeth @ Progress Theatre, Reading Open Air

Macbeth @ Progress Theatre, Reading Open Air | iReview Theatre Scoop | Scoop.it
The serene setting of Progress Theatre’s open-air production of Macbeth lies in stark contrast to Shakespeare’s dark and baron play, extending the antithetic use of language that dribbles so beauti...
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Doing Shakespeare is always a case of wrestling with you predecessors and trying to find something clearly unique. Progress'summer production shows a fervent interpretation that reveals a deep knowledge of Shakespeare's text. It hones in on details that shine in the performance under the waning evening sun. 

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The iReviewtheatre Daily

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Videos from Barbican's Psycho, Almeida theatre: Animal Kingdom, National Tehatre's plan for Othello, pod casts from what's on stage and MT interviews with Giles Terera.

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Daniel Radcliffe weaves a spell of humanity

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In Martin McDonagh’s black comedy The Cripple Of Inishmaan, Radcliffe plays Billy, who is so abused by his fellow villagers, he tries to flee to Hollywood.
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