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What’s On – International: 26th Oct to 1st Nov

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1. The Snail and The Whale

What – Play
When – 26th October 2020 onwards

Trailer – Tall Stories Website

Tall Stories normally tours shows around the UK – and all over the world. They are presenting a special livestreamed version of their much-loved reimagining of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s classic book The Snail and the Whale. Join an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father as they reimagine the story of a tiny snail’s incredible trip around the world on the tail of a great big, grey-blue humpback whale. Live music, storytelling and plenty of audience interaction bring the story vividly to life in this heart-warming adventure for everyone aged four and up. This is not a pre-recorded video – anything could happen!

‘The Snail and the Whale’ premiered at ArtsDepot in London in February 2012. It then toured the UK, Australia, North America, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.

2. The Great Work Begins – Scenes From Angels In America

What – Excerpts from the play Angels In America
When – Anytime

Written by Tony Kushner

The Cast – Glenn Close, Patti LuPone, Laura Linney, Brian Tyree Henry, Paul Dano, Andrew Rannells, and Larry Owens—with special appearances by Alan Cumming and Jake Gyllenhaal.

An all-star livestream benefit performance of scenes from Angels in America in support of amfAR’s Fund to Fight COVID-19. This free 60-minute livestream also features an introduction by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner that contextualizes COVID-19 in relation to the early days of the AIDS epidemic.  This special event marks amfAR’s historic first foray into Broadway.  The selected scenes focus on the experience of living through a plague, reaching through suffering to find hope, and on America striving and failing to reach its ideals of freedom; the event was followed by a live talkback.

3. Death Of A Salesman

What – Archived Production
When – Anytime

The 1999 Tony-winning revival of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, starring the late two-time Tony winner Brian Dennehy under the direction of Goodman Theatre Artistic Director and Tony winner Robert Falls. The cast also features Tony winner Elizabeth Franz as Linda, Ted Koch as Happy, and Ron Eldard (who succeeded Kevin Anderson on Broadway) as Biff.

The production, which was captured on film at its final performance at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre for Showtime, was the winner of four Tony Awards in 1999, including Best Revival of a Play, Best Actor in a Play (Dennehy), Best Featured Actress in a Play (Franz), and Best Direction of a Play (Falls).

4. Race

What – Play
When – 29th October 2020 for 72 hours

RACE, by Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet, tackles America’s most controversial topic in this provocative play. A potent dramatic cocktail of sex, guilt and legal maneuvering, Race concerns three lawyers (Ed O’Neill, David Alan Grier and Alicia Stith) defending a wealthy white executive (Richard Thomas) charged with raping a black woman. David Alan Grier and Richard Thomas return to the roles they created during the play’s hit run on Broadway. Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad directs.

5. Navigating Uncertain Times: A Scenario Planning Toolkit For The Arts And Culture Sector

What – Paper
When – Anytime

Although this paper is specifically for the US industry this might be beneficial to us in India as well.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues its course in 2020 arts organizations face a volatile “new normal” with few certainties and many questions.  This toolkit, describing various paths the future might take, can help arts organizations make their way through the unknowns so they will be better prepared to succeed whatever may happen. Created specifically for the arts sector, the toolkit presents four scenarios for the possible turn of events from 2020 to about 2025.  Each scenario is based on a different outlook for two factors: the pandemic’s course and how people respond to it, especially in their attitudes toward in-person gatherings.

The toolkit is divided into three parts, each a separate document:

  • Overview. An introduction explains scenario planning and describes the four scenarios and their implications.
  • Detailed Scenarios. Intended to span the five years from 2020 to 2025, the scenarios, described in detail, take into account arts sector trends as well as larger societal forces in the United States and around the world, including creativity, technology, the economy, the environment and politics. Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing the arts and cultural sector as a whole are identified for each scenario.
  • Planning Worksheets. This set of 21 exercises, with prompts and questions, is designed to guide organizations as they consider how they might be affected under each scenario and how they would respond.

6. In Someone Else’s Shoes

What – Immersive 360 degree video project
When – Anytime

We all have a unique relationship to where we live, work or play – even as we share that place with thousands or millions of others. Our city is ours, and to see someone else’s view of it we must walk its streets in their shoes, see its sights with their eyes and truly hear their voices.

In Someone Else’s Shoes: Edinburgh’s Unexpected Summer transports you into the heart of another person’s life through immersive 360 degree video. Using your smartphone, tablet or desktop computer you will step into someone else’s shoes and explore Edinburgh’s many iterations, with all the surprises they contain.

From Raphael, originally from France, who has been keeping Edinburgh going during the pandemic as a supermarket delivery driver, to Trishna who runs a charity that empowers and supports Sikh women across Scotland, to Sienna – a young woman passionate about dancing – and many more.

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