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A Distant Christmas: Digital and Live Performance in 2020

Posted by Julie Ellerby, 1st December 2020, 10:52am

The release date for A Distant Christmas is approaching, so let’s get to know some of the tech team who have been working on transferring live performance to an augmented reality app. Steve Chambers What is your production role? I’m the stage manager at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre. My role this year in A Distant Christmas was filming all off the green screen footage that you will see within the application that launches in December. I was also involved in sourcing some of the costumes that will see the production. What excites you most about the production? The thing I was most excited about within this production was using the green screen because I’ve not had any experience in using a green screen before. Having worked in theatre all the time we don’t do much filming so that was quite nice to be able to research that and learn a new skill. What is your favourite Christmas story? A Christmas Carol, and my favourite version on film is The Muppets. I think that’s great version of that story. Ethan Peck What is your production role? I am the stage manager Stage manager for A Distant Christmas. What excites you

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A Distant Christmas: Rehearsing in 2020

Posted by Julie Ellerby, 20th November 2020, 16:16pm

Rehearsing in 2020 is different. How will the show be staged? How do we perform without touching? Another cast member in isolation…again?! Usually, the path to performance is a long and straight one, however not in the age of Coronavirus. The uphill hike to performance is uncertain and daunting for all creative teams at the moment. With that said, there are still many aspects of working on a production that remain the same, despite the obstacles. As undergraduate Drama students in our graduating year, we are expected to demonstrate a high standard of professionalism. Learning our lines, working with the director on character development and with the professional production team to bring the story to life through costume and technical effects are all still par for the course. We knew, going into this rehearsal process, that there would be obvious minor barriers such as wearing masks and socially distancing for all cast and crew in a studio space. These seem like small and obvious points but, as performers, we did not initially think about how these challenges would affect the production, especially in the rehearsal stages. It soon became apparent that we would need to spend many more hours tweaking

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Colour-In Activities

Posted by Laura Swain, 19th August 2020, 14:10pm

Download Penguins, Penguins, Penguins colouring in activity sheet HERE Download Ready, Steady, Yeti! colouring in activity sheet HERE

CORONAVIRUS CLOSURE FAQS

Posted by Laura Swain, 8th June 2020, 13:31pm

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre’s operations have been severely affected by the current pandemic and so to help retain our employees and reduce the long-term impact on the venue during a time when we are unable to trade, University of Lincoln has opted to take part in the UK Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention scheme and so has placed its staff on furlough. Upon the staff’s return your enquiry will be answered as soon as possible. We are very grateful for your patience and understanding during this time. Please see FAQ’s below: Is the venue open? – Our building is currently closed until at next Spring. When an official re-opening date has been set our audiences will be contacted as soon as possible. When staff will be returning? – At this stage we cannot confirm when our staff will be returning but you can keep updated with all the goings on at the theatre by signing up to our mailing list here https://lpac.co.uk/mailing-list/ or following on social media. Can I book for future events? – At this time we have had to take many of the Autumn/ Winter season events off sale due to the limited staff capacity and the uncertainty surrounding

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Wellness Compass Week Six – Cognition Ignition

Posted by Craig Morrow, 4th June 2020, 20:25pm

Wellness Compass is participatory community project that nurtures wellbeing. It is the people of Lincolnshire’s creative guide to nurturing wellbeing. Keeping our bodies and minds active, healthy and strong, together. Week Six – Cognition Ignition Our inspiration for this project has come from the NHS Five Steps to Wellbeing but this week we are adding our own step – reflection. After spending the past 5 weeks exploring how culture and creativity can support our wellbeing we are taking the time to reflect on what positives we’ve found and how we can carry them with us. Wellness Compass is all about having a go and trying things out, so that we have the opportunity to find something that really works for us over the long term. Although this is the last week our staff will be sharing their ideas and insight, our invitation to you, to contribute towards any episode in this series is now open until 1st July whilst our team are furloughed. To give you some inspiration the LPAC team have shared some examples on YouTube of how they are using culture and creativity to nurture their wellbeing, but this is just to get the ball rolling. What we

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Wellness Compass Week 5 – Contemplation Station

Posted by Craig Morrow, 28th May 2020, 15:08pm

Wellness Compass is participatory community project that nurtures wellbeing. It is the people of Lincolnshire’s creative guide to nurturing wellbeing. Keeping our bodies and minds active, healthy and strong, together. Week Five – Contemplation Station – NHS Step 5: Pay Attention to the Present Moment (Mindfulness) Our inspiration for this project has come from the NHS Five Steps to Wellbeing and week five’s theme is Mindfulness. Mindfulness is when we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings, our body and the world around us. Practices like meditation can help unlock innovation, for example, whilst a creative activity can quiet noisy thoughts that stops us from finding perspective. Indeed, being in the moment, captivated by a performance, or engaged in a creative task, is a really simple way of reaching mindfulness. Certainly, paying attention to the present can help us to enjoy the things that we might have been taking for granted. And we hope that you will join us in turning to culture and creativity to enjoy the now. To give you some inspiration the LPAC team have shared some examples on YouTube of how they are using culture and creativity to nurture their wellbeing, but this is just to

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Wellness Compass Week 4 – Neighbourhood Knowhow

Posted by Craig Morrow, 22nd May 2020, 13:45pm

Wellness Compass is mass-participatory community project that nurtures wellbeing. It is the people of Lincolnshire’s creative guide to nurturing wellbeing. Keeping our bodies and minds active, healthy and strong, together. Week Four – Neighbourhood Knowhow – NHS Step 4: Giving to others Our inspiration for this project has come from the NHS Five Steps to Wellbeing and week four’s theme is Giving to others. 18-24 May is Mental Health Awareness Week and so we are exploring how giving to others can help with mental health. An act of kindness can raise our self-esteem, help us to feel connected and give us that all round good feeling. The fantastic thing about this step is that you are not just looking after your own wellbeing, but you’ll be taking care of someone else’s at the same time. No matter how large or small the gesture, it always feels great to know that someone is thinking of you. Whether it’s giving a gift to a family member, volunteering your time in your neighbourhood, or sharing a problem with a friend in your network, there are no end of creative ways to give to others and we want to hear all about your ideas.

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Wellness Compass Week Three – Use Your Loaf

Posted by Craig Morrow, 15th May 2020, 22:18pm

Wellness Compass is mass-participatory community project that nurtures wellbeing. It is the people of Lincolnshire’s creative guide to nurturing wellbeing. Keeping our bodies and minds active, healthy and strong, together. Week Three – Use Your Loaf – NHS Step 3: Learn a new skill Our inspiration for this project has come from the NHS Five Steps to Wellbeing and week three’s theme is Learning a New Skill, a step that has been proven to help your mental wellbeing by boosting self-confidence, helping you to build a sense of purpose, and connecting with others. With so much culture and creativity all round us it can be difficult to find the things that we enjoy the most and makes us feel good. This week is all about pushing ourselves to try something different, you never know, you might just find something out about yourself that you didn’t know before, and if you’re lucky you might find your new favourite activity. Everyone’s approach to learning is different and it can reward us in so many ways. The brilliant things about learning something creative is that the process is just as important as the end result, so you don’t have to worry about getting

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Wellness Compass Week Two – NogginJogging

Posted by Craig Morrow, 7th May 2020, 23:04pm

Wellness Compass is mass-participatory community project that nurtures wellbeing. It is the people of Lincolnshire’s creative guide to nurturing wellbeing. Keeping our bodies and minds active, healthy and strong, together. Week Two – NogginJogging – NHS Step 2: Be Physically Active Our inspiration for this project has come from the NHS Five Steps to Wellbeing and week two’s theme is Being Physically Active. If you’re using culture and creativity creativity to inspire you to be active we would love to see your short video diary demonstrating what you do and why. Being active is great for both body and mind. According to the NHS, it raises our self-esteem, boosts our mood and helps us achieve goals. At Lincoln Performing Arts Centre we feel much the same way about creative activity, so it’s a double helping of positivity this week. To give you some inspiration the LPAC team have shared some examples on YouTube of how they are using culture and creativity to nurture their wellbeing, but this is just to get the ball rolling.   What we are really interested in is the approach of our community members. We want to hear your stories, hear see creative adventures and learn

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Watch Online: This Week’s Streaming Guide (7 May 2020)

Posted by Craig Morrow, 7th May 2020, 09:13am

Our regular What’s On section during Lockdown compiled by our Artistic Director Craig Morrow. This week we’ve some more classics from National Theatre, Royal Opera House and Metropolitan Opera, alongside a wonderful adaptation of Angela Carter’s Wise Children. You can explore previous weeks’ highlights here. BBC PERFORMANCE LIVE – WISE CHILDREN   The BBC’s Performance Live series, available on BBC iPlayer, is home to a recording of Emma Rice’s adaptation of Angela Carter’s last novel Wise Children, about twins from a dysfunctional family who pursue a career performing as showgirls   THE SHOWS MUST GO ON! This week’s musical extravaganza is Alan Ayckbourn and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical comedy, By Jeeves! Inspired by the works of P. G. Wodehouse. Available online from Friday 8 May at 7pm for 48 hours.   ROYAL OPERA HOUSE – OUR HOUSE TO YOUR HOUSE The Royal Opera House is home to both the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet companies, and its online streaming schedule makes the most of these prestigious companies’ back catalogue, all available via YouTube.   NATIONAL THEATRE – AT HOME The National Theatre were one of the first arts organisations to regularly live cast their productions, with the NT Live brand

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