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
This October LPAC will be launching a brand new adult community theatre group in collaboration with Lincolnshire One Venues!
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, owned and operated by University of Lincoln, has received a grant of £71,600 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen. More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including LPAC in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today. Lincoln Performing Arts Centre was previously successful in its application for £153,363 last autumn, which helped to safeguard local jobs and support its creative programmes. This further commitment to the centre will allow University of Lincoln to plan for a more sustainable future for LPAC, reviewing its business model in the light of changes to the sector nationally and the needs of audiences locally, whilst providing infrastructure support through its transition. Artistic Director of Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Craig Morrow, said: “We are incredibly grateful for this ongoing support in such difficult times. This second grant means that we now have the space to plan for our reopening in a way that will better address the needs of local communities, exploring the long term sustainability of the venue and revitalising our role within the city.”
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre was lit up red on Friday 20 March for the final time as part of the We Make Events #LightItInRedCampaign, joining 2000 places across 25 countries to raise the plight of the hundreds of thousands of highly skilled professionals serving the events industry. Having previously lit up the outside of the venue, this time our technical team and students studying on the BA Technical Theatre and Stage Management course at University of Lincoln shone a new light onto our backstage areas, producing some wonderfully evocative images. Everyone is facing hardship as we collectively deal with the pandemic but the hospitality, events, and cultural industries have been hit particularly hard, with the voices of increasingly vulnerable organisations, small-businesses and freelancers increasingly falling on deaf ears. These normally viable and highly valuable organisations staffed by your friends, relatives, and the person down the street are at risk through no fault of their own and through the #LightItInRed initiative we stand as one with our colleagues across the world to lobby for temporary support until we can stand on our own two feet again. Certainly, some organisations are in a stronger position than others to weather the storm and
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
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
Download Penguins, Penguins, Penguins colouring in activity sheet HERE Download Ready, Steady, Yeti! colouring in activity sheet HERE
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