In these times
Things to consider during these times:
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Fancy a trip to some of the UK’s top theatre shows without the annoying tall person sitting in front and without actually leaving the house at all...? In response to theatres closing the National Theatre is bringing the stage to the screen, streaming old productions of big-name show at 7.00pm on YouTube every Thursday night and available there to watch for a limited time afterwards, the initiative started on Thursday 02 April, with the theatre streaming a recording of One Man Two Guvnors, featuring Gavin and Stacey’s James Corden, followed by Sally Cookson’s devised adaptation of Jane Eyre, the 2014 production of Treasure Island starring Patsy Ferran is on this week and Twelfth Night, featuring Tamsin Greig as a gender-swapped Malvolia, concludes the first month of at-home offerings, more free plays are expected to be streamed in May. (click on image for link)
One World: Together at Home – on Sunday April 18 at 7.45pm the BBC will show what has been called “the Live Aid of the digital age” a music and entertainment event supporting the Covid-19 Response Fund and celebrating the efforts of community health workers around the world. It will feature performances from some of the world’s most loved musicians including Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish, Elton John, John Legend, Lizzo, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder; a stay-at-home concert for a stay-at-home world with the artists playing or performing from their own homes.
Beginning Monday 20 April, the start of the summer term for most children, the BBC in a new dedicated TV channel BBC Bitesize Daily shown via the BBC iPlayer, red button, BBC Four and BBC Sounds, will offer daily programmes with videos, quizzes, podcasts and articles to help parents and children at home during the lockdown. Children's lessons will feature presenters including Oti Mabuse, Katie Thistleton and Karim Zeroual. The initiative will include 14 weeks of core subject learning to offer "rhythm and routine" for pupils "whatever your child's age". To keep the lessons fresh organisations such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Premier League and Puffin Books have signed up to offer content and activities.
- on Thursday 23 April Comic Relief, BBC Children in Need and BBC One are coming together for a special night of entertainment - expect big surprises, money can’t buy prizes, and live music performances (from the artists’ homes) with lots of famous faces ‘coming together’. Matt Baker, Zoe Ball, Lenny Henry, Davina McCall and Paddy McGuinness will be hosting the show live - “all to lift the nation’s spirits and support people who need it through this crisis”
- the New York Metropolitan Opera website (here) is a streaming daily for free one of their earlier performances; their website (see here) gives the programme with all streams available for 23 hours (note: on this side of the Atlantic it’s a day later than mentioned); PP Maurice Brooks notes that so far they have watched Cosi van Tutti and Rusalkand and suggests, to really experience it, the possibility of changing in the evening for a night at the opera accompanied of course by champagne!
- the Globe Theatre in London (here) are also showing their productions on their YouTube channel (link here) which are available weekly Monday through to Sunday; upcoming to the end of June are: Romeo & Juliet, The Noble Kinsman, The Winter's Tale, The Merry Wives of Windsor and A Midsummer Night's Dream. The website also features a virtual tour
- The Royal Academy website online has an impressive digital suite (click here) - note: scroll down page
- Poetry Power - every day on the BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme some of the BBC’s correspondents reveal the poetry that has helped them through difficult times and share the words that have resonated with them weeks 1 & 2 can be heard here
- for those of you who are missing the office or those who just want to have a bit of fun this website (see here) has all the sounds of being around your colleagues again from the printer to idle chatter; click on its play button (bottom left) and click on objects to turn them on - it's everything bar the commute!