Bristol Old Vic Young Company: Digital Theatre Spring Term 2022
Spring Term 2022 (on sale 17 Nov, 10am)
Term begins: Sat 29 Jan Half Term (no session): Sat 26 Feb Term ends: Sat 9 Apr
Location: Online via Zoom
Time: Saturdays 2-4pm
There are 16 places available
About Bristol Old Vic Young Company: Digital Theatre
Bristol Old Vic Young Company and Sharp Teeth Theatre (Sherlock In Homes) are working together to create an online young company. Designed to be accessible for young people 14-18yrs old who may be shielding, or for whom it would be great to be able to create theatre from home. The course will be run by director Stephanie Kempson who has ME/CFS and Long Covid. It will be made accessible for those who have energy impairments or are neurodiverse.
During the first term of this new young company we will learn and experiment with different ways that theatre can be digital. We will look at performing for digital theatre, different ways we can tell stories, what we can learn from gaming, and interactive theatre. We will finish the term with a small digital cabaret, sharing our work with each other. Participants will be interested in theatre and performing, but might also be interested in costume, design, writing, gaming, filmmaking, making music or sound design.
Participants will need a laptop, ipad or iphone with a webcam and microphone so that they can attend sessions on Zoom. Sessions will run 2pm-4pm on Saturday afternoons, with a break in the middle of the session. Participants can attend lying down, sitting up, or whatever angle allows them to have more energy.
“We’ve always said theatre should be everyone, but during the pandemic we’ve realised how many people would come to online theatre events. Digital theatre has opened up in new and exciting ways and is just at the beginning of its discoveries. Sharp Teeth and Bristol Old Vic Young Company want to make sure young people get the opportunity to keep inventing and exploring these new forms, and they think that young people who are shielding or who might not be able to attend physical sessions should be at the forefront of that.” Steph Kempson, Course director.
Course Leader Stephanie Kempson
Stephanie Kempson is a disabled director, dramaturg and writer. She has directed four productions for digital, including Sherlock In Homes 1-3 to an audience of over 30,000 people all over the world, and Streaming Beauty, an interactive panto. Her other productions include Polly: The Heartbreak Opera, Parlour Games, Score, Pulling Out and is developing an interactive at-home musical called Housebound. Steph has worked extensively with young people from Bristol Old Vic, the egg theatre, National Theatre and Tobacco Factory Theatres. She is Artistic Director of Sharp Teeth Theatre.