Hello and Welcome Back! It is an absolute delight to finally be returning to our building this autumn after a few test events over the summer – we can’t wait to see you again! It has certainly been a very challenging eighteen months, for some of us COVID has been truly devastating, but we’ve all been changed in some way, and here at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre we are no different. As much as we’re keen to look forward, it is important to hold onto the commitments to a more just and equitable future made in the heat of the pandemic, and also the achievements of those artists and members of our community that worked so hard to keep creativity alive during lockdown. To this end, as we reassess what we do and plan to rebuild, we won’t be looking to simply revert to the status quo. Instead, we’ll be taking a more long-term view about how best we can serve the public, making more of digital technology to share our work but also championing opportunities for more of us to take part in shared experiences across our programmes so that we can truly say the city is our stage.
From the creators of previous PopOut Festival highlights SEANCE and FLIGHT, which thrilled and spooked audiences back in 2018 and 2019 comes a new immersive audio theatre experience – DARKFIELD RADIO. DARKFIELD RADIO is an app, a brand new, innovative form of entertainment directly responding to the new age we are living in, immersing audiences in strange and curious worlds in their own home and bringing new meaning to the familiar spaces we inhabit. We went took a look behind the scenes at the creation of this unique event! Artists David Rosenberg and Glen Neath have been making work together since 2011. In 2016 they formed Darkfield with producer Andrea Salazar and began to create a series of shows in bespoke shipping container environments, using darkness and immersive experiences to explore fear and anxiety. In 2018 Darkfield brought SÉANCE to PopOut Festival and in 2019 FLIGHT, but for PopOut 2021 the company has something different in store, born out of the restrictions of the pandemic, but remaining true to their unique immersive audio aesthetic – Darkfield Radio. We caught up with Glen Neath to discuss the creation of these innovative new dramas: Darkfield Radio is a bit of a departure
PopOut Festival is back! A lot has happened since our last festival in 2019, and it is with a sense of thankfulness and expectation that we look forward to this year’s PopOut Festival, which offers our trademark mix of outdoor performance, pop-up theatre and unexpected creative experiences that animate our city. It hasn’t been plain sailing and we’ve had to change our plans several times over the past two years to match shifting circumstances but life never stands still and we’ve learnt to adapt our ideas to reflect new challenges and opportunities. One such opportunity is an exciting new location for Roundabout Theatre down on the Brayford Waterfront, courtesy of University of Lincoln. This new site will allow us to spread out, making the most of the space with refreshments and free performance, alongside some top-notch drama fresh from Coventry UK City of Culture. Certainly, we wouldn’t be able to go ahead without the ongoing financial support of University of Lincoln or HM Government and Arts Council England’s Culture Recovery Fund, which has enabled us to commission and programme a number brilliant productions from immersive theatre with Darkfield Radio to three days of outdoor circus. We’ve also been able to