1. Incidental Moments of the Day
The Apple Family, a dramatic series of plays which first appeared ten years ago, returned in April with the premiere of a play written especially for Zoom, What Do We Need to Talk About?, which Vogue magazine described as “it’s almost like you are watching a new art form being born.” A second Zoom play, And So We Come Forth premiered in early July, amidst massive protests over the murder of George Floyd and against racism in America, as well as the anxious easing of a worldwide lockdown. These two plays have now received nearly 100,000 views from over thirty countries. Incidental Moments of the Day completes this ‘Pandemic Trilogy’ of Zoom plays.
After six months of self-imposed pandemic isolation, the Apple siblings again gather on Zoom for an evening of dinner, conversation and performance, while the world continues to sputter more and more out of control, amidst anger, loss, death and a coming election.
2. User Not Found
What happens to your digital life after you die? If there was a magic button would you delete your online existence? The play explores the ethics of digital ownership, public and private grief and shifting notions of connection and community.
The show was met with critical acclaim when it premiered at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018. The reviews for the 2018/19 live tour included ‘So immersive that re-entering the world afterward comes as a shock’ – The New York Times. ‘A beautiful dance of love, death and grief’ – Lyn Gardner, The Independent. ‘A gorgeous show about grief in the era of hyper connectivity’ – Time Out
Already a part-live, part-digital experience, the show’s creators Daphna Attias and Terry O’Donovan have now adapted it for a lockdown audience, transforming it into an ‘immersive video podcast’ to be watched in private on your phone.
3. Watching Rosie
A poignant short play by The Original Theatre Company produced and filmed during lockdown. Based on Louise Coulthard’s award-winning play Cockamamy, the play is a heart-felt exploration of experiencing dementia during this lockdown. Funny and sad in equal measure, it stars BAFTA-winning actress Miriam Margolyes as a woman struggling to make sense of the sudden changes in her life.
4. Sydney Fringe Festival
A treat for Fringe lovers, the Sydney Fringe Festival, the largest independent arts festival in New South Wales goes online this year with a mix of free and ticketed shows. Titled the Global Fringe they have partnered with Fringe festivals from Stockholm, Brighton, New Zealand, San Diego and Hollywood to present new and recent work. There are 19 performances to choose from, with each production professionally recorded.
5. Cirque Du Soleil
Inspired by the desire to stay connected during this time of social distancing, Cirque du Soleil invites its fans to a weekly 60-minute online rendezvous to enjoy some of the most awe-inspiring moments from its world-famous shows on their digital content hub, CirqueConnect. “The mission of Cirque du Soleil has always been to provide unique and awe-inspiring experiences. Our shows give our fans a chance to escape into fantasy and imaginary worlds through our stories and unique characters” said Sheila Morin, Chief Marketing & Experience Officer. “Now, more than ever, we need to continue to provide wonderment, even from afar, straight into your homes.”
The CirqueConnect content hub is filled with footage from Cirque du Soleil various multimedia offerings and it’s all available to enjoy for free.
6. The Twits
Imagine the worst people you can think of, can you do that? Good. Then you’re just about ready to meet Mr and Mrs Twit, the nastiest couple you could ever hope (not) to meet. The Unicorn theatre launches a brand new theatrical reading of one of Roald Dahl’s best-loved books about a most despicable couple, The Twits, the clever Muggle-Wump and the magnificent Roly-Poly Bird. This unabridged reading, filmed in their theatre, is gleeful, gunge-filled digital storytelling aimed at children aged 6 – 12. The story is split up across three 20-minute episodes, but will be released all at once so that you can enjoy them whenever, and wherever, you want.