1. The Philadelphia Fringe Festival
When: 10th September – 4th October 2020
A 4-week long, city-wide celebration of innovation and creativity in contemporary performance. Each September, the Festival explodes into every nook and cranny of Philadelphia with more than 1,000 artistically daring performances, including national and international performances curated by FringeArts, and works that are produced by independent artists and promoted by FringeArts. This year’s festival will be predominantly virtual, featuring over 120 works across genres and platforms. You can check out their digital Fringe Festival Brochure here!
2. Faith Healer
The Cast: Michael Sheen, Indira Verma and David Threlfall
The Fantastic Francis Hardy travels the most remote corners of Wales, Scotland, and Ireland attempting to heal those who wish to be healed. His wife Grace and manager Teddy complete this nomadic triptych, each with their own telling of loss, love, and struggle of life on the road with a seemingly predestined Faith Healer.
Brian Friel’s masterful and haunting play is kaleidoscopic, ever shifting exploration of the power of belief, as the contradicting recollections of these three characters seek to reconcile with the past.
The play is live streamed from the iconic Old Vic stage for five performances only.
3. Scenes For Survival
Scenes for Survival is a season of digital short artworks, created in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project and Scotland’s leading theatre venues and companies, with support from Hopscotch Films. Each artwork has been exceptionally created by a quarantine creative team, connecting remotely, made up of a performer(s), writer and director and filmed by the performers, from their personal spaces of isolation. Over 100 leading artists and creatives have collaborated to create and release more than forty unique films over the coming weeks and months.
All Scenes for Survival content is free to audiences and is available on this page
4. Sea Wall
Performed by Andrew Scott
Olivier and Tony award winning playwright Simon Stephens wrote the script as a stage play specifically for Andrew. The devastating and beautiful film version now has admirers and loyal followers in 40 countries. Since the film was made Simon’s acclaimed adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time has become a worldwide smash hit and Andrew’s Hamlet has had an incredible response from critics and audiences. Two artists at the very top of their game make watching Sea Wall a unique and moving experience.
Sea Wall is a delicate monologue, completely devastating and beautifully powerful. Alex’s story, spoken directly to the audience, begins full of clear light and smiles, as he speaks about his wife, visiting her father in the South of France, having a daughter, photography, and the bottom of the sea. His tone is natural, happy and engaging, with flickers of questions about belief and religion glimpsed under the surface. But his contentment falls away into deep and heart-breaking grief, crumbling to pieces with a vividness that is incredibly moving.
“It is devastatingly intimate. He (Scott) nestles right into your soul as Stephens’s Alex, a gentle besotted father who until recently has led a cherished, ordinary life.” – The New York Times
5. The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
The 2020 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize was awarded to U.K. playwright Lucy Prebble for her play A Very Expensive Poison
Play submissions are now being considered for the 43rd Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. The Prize gives annual awards to outstanding plays by women+ (women, trans, and non-binary playwrights). The plays must be full-length, musicals are not eligible for the Prize (although a play with music will be considered), plays are eligible whether or not they have been produced, but any professional production must have occurred within the preceding year. No play produced prior to June 1st, 2019 will be eligible for this year’s Prize. For further details visit www.blackburnprize.org.