Welcome to our regular What’s On section during Lockdown compiled by our Artistic Director Craig Morrow: For this Lock-in Guide we’re going in hard with the Shakespeare. Renaissance theatre is a passion of mine and given that 23 April was the anniversary of the Bard’s birth it seems fitting. To commemorate this theatrical red-letter-day a wealth of great performance has been released or re-released online and so I thought I’d take the time to pick out some personal highlights. BBC CULTURE IN QUARANTINE The BBC has curated an iPlayer box set of Shakespeare, from the RSC and Shakespeare’s Globe’s archive, along with a special adaptation of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet Romeo & Juliet, filmed on location in Hungary. SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE ONLINE Alongside the productions of The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream available as part of the BBC’s offerings, Shakespeare’s Globe productions are also available via their YouTube Channel CBEEBIES’ A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Fairies, magic, celebration and comical confusion in a fantastic introduction to Shakespeare, available on iPlayer!
CHANCE TO TAKE PART IN NEW CREATIVE WELLBEING PROJECT On Friday 24 April Lincoln Performing Arts Centre announced the launch of its WELLNESS COMPASS project. Led by venue producer Dawn Richmond-Gordon, this community project is a fun, enriching, creative guide to finding wellbeing together, and is looking for local participants. You would be mistaken for thinking that with the closure of theatres, museums, libraries, and galleries our access to creativity has become limited, when in fact the flurry of artistic activity since Lockdown proves that it is all around us and always has been. It is in this spirit of cultural democracy that Lincoln Performing Arts Centre invites you to participate in a project celebrating creativity in the everyday. Participants are being asked to document their creativity in series of videos inspired by the NHS Five Steps to Wellbeing, with submissions set to be collated into a final artwork and wellbeing guide – a community resource for now and the future. In a time when our appreciation for the NHS is at the forefront of our minds, it seems very fitting that we recognise the NHS’s longstanding and sound guidance for wellbeing, not only during this difficult time, but always.
Although the current season is a write-off we’re not letting COVID-19 get us down and so we are taking time to plan ahead for the future. There’s been some discussion about what shape the autumn/winter season should take, about whether we should scale things back or whether we should carry on as we would have; in such uncertain times it’s unclear what the right choice might be. One thing is certain, however, even if we scale back our programme we won’t be scaling back our ambition. PopOut Festival Associate Producer Kate Newman is already pulling together some exciting plans for this year’s event, running from 26 Sept – 9 Oct, working with our Artistic Director Craig Morrow to plan pop-up performance in a number of new sites around the city. “We’re really hopeful that we can pull off something special,” says Kate, “PopOut Festival is all about taking creativity outside of traditional theatre spaces and we’ve some really great ideas that we want to bring to fruition in unusual places so stay tuned for announcements.” Craig agrees, “Lincoln Performing Arts Centre is all about working with our communities to make our city our stage and PopOut is the perfect way
Dawn Richmond-Gordon, our Young Audiences & Engagement Producer launched our Online Youth Theatre this Friday, 3 April 2020. Normally at this time of year our fantastic group of creative teenagers would be working together towards their July show from one of our rehearsal rooms, but the coronavirus pandemic has understandably put a stop to that. However, from this week our participants will be able to join us from their homes, on their phones or computers; engaging in group conversation, writing and reading scenes for their show (still scheduled for July) and sharing feedback. As Dawn says: “It’s not the same as being in a room together but it’s not too dissimilar from the way we would usually work together during the creative process. Our young participants always take an active leadership role in devising the show’s content and this online approach allows us to continue to collaborate.” These online sessions take place every other Friday, and on the Fridays, that they do not meet, the youth theatre members undertake tasks ready to share at their next session. It’s great that technology enables the group to stay connected and enjoy a collective creative project together – we can’t wait to see
The Lincoln Fun Palace Trail will be taking places across 6 venues. At each venue there will be a question to answer and a prize for everyone who answers all the questions correctly. Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LN6 7TS) The Collection Usher Gallery (in the education room) (LN2 1LP) Lincoln Library (LN2 1EZ) Mansions of the Future (LN5 7EQ) Lincoln Drill Hall Theatre & Arts Centre (LN2 1EY) Fabric Corner and The Craftea Cafe (LN5 7HW) Usher Gallery (Education Room) 11:00 – 14:00 Colourly Creatives Messy Art Experiment (3 hour drop in session) aims to bring accessible art workshops to children of all ages in the Lincoln area. Come and join their large scale messy arty experiment, there will be paint filled pendulums and fizzy art. Incredibly simple, ridiculously fun and easy to recreate at home! LPAC 10- 10:50 Dexter and Winters Detective Agency (Roundabout Theatre) 10 – 10:45 Stand By Theatre Workshop (Studio 2) Create and Share with Stand By Theatre Company Join local Theatre Makers for an hour of play and creativity as we share stories through drama workshops and mini-performances. 10:30 – 12:30: Bridge Building Can you make a bridge using just lego or paper and bull
Co-commissioned by Lincoln Performing Arts Centre for Frequency Festival 2017, Solo was first performed at The Blue Room at The Lawn, Lincoln and has since toured to other intimate, non-theatre spaces. We’re delighted to welcome back this mini-theatrical gem for PopOut in the historic setting of St. Mary le Wigford Church. In this interview Michael Pinchbeck and Ollie Smith share their influences behind the creation of the piece. Tell us about you – who are you and what do you do? We’re solo artists who have been collaborating together on theatre and performance projects for around a decade. The first piece we made was a two-hander called The End – and it became one part of a body of work called The Trilogy, along with The Beginning and The Middle. We try to find new and unusual ways of creating audience experiences, often with the audience themselves at the centre. We are also interested in the role of music in telling a story. What inspired you to make this show? After The Trilogy we made a second triptych of shows inspired by three musical compositions by Maurice Ravel and their connections to war. The first show Bolero was about the
Motionhouse is a dancecircus company that tours extensively around the world. Their jaw-dropping show BLOCK wowed PopOut Festival audiences in 2018 and so we are really excited to welcome them back this year with their brand new show WILD. Our Artistic Director Craig Morrow spoke to Motionhouse’s Artistic Director Kevin Finnan MBE about this exciting new piece. CM: Hi Kevin, it’s great to have Motionhouse back – how has the show been going? KF: It’s been really well received at festivals as diverse as Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Greenwich and Docklands International Festival in London and Stockton Riverside Festival and been performed to audiences of 20,000. The show is still very new so a bit early for reviews but we’ve had great audience feedback with particular praise going to the powerhouse performers. CM: What’s the inspiration for WILD? KF: With WILD, I really wanted to talk about our relationship with the environment. I’ve often been struck by the contrast between the wild environment and the urban environment and I’ve been thinking a lot about how humans originally came from the wild but now we have become urbanised we are actually missing out on a deeper connection with that environment and
Highly Sprung was formed in 2002 by Sarah and Mark Worth to produce narrative driven physical theatre. Based in Coventry and often working with younger audiences and performers, they created their first outdoor show in 2012 and were the company behind PopOut 2018’s mesmerising Urban Astronaut (see page 3). Here they talk about the creation of their new show Roots. “Roots was made in response to Brexit. We are devastated that the decision to leave the EU has led to a rise in hate crime and unpleasant nationalism. We work closely with refugee communities in Coventry where incidences of public discrimination are becoming more common and so we wanted to make a piece that challenges negative perceptions. Mostly, we wanted the message of commonality to be heard, after all we, are all human, it is often only circumstance that draws the differences between us. For those that saw Urban Astronaut last year Roots has a similar feel, with audiences recognising the style of the piece, and there is a sense that it could be taking place in a different part of the same world. There is no promenade aspect to this show, however. Instead, this year the whole piece is
Artists David Rosenberg and Glen Neath have been making work together on and off since 2011. In 2016 they invited producer Andrea Salazar to work with them on creating a series of dark shipping container shows, using immersive experiences to explore fear and anxiety and DARKFIELD was born. We spoke with Glen Neath about DARKFIELD’s latest touring container show FLIGHT and the inspiration behind it. LPAC: DARKFIELD are at the forefront of using binaural 360 degree sound in theatre but where do they get their ideas from? Neath: Well, the shows always grow out of our policy of placing each audience member at the centre of the experience. We then explore ideas that suit our use of darkness as a tool to free the imagination. For instance, FLIGHT began out of our desire to put an audience on a replica aeroplane. And that gave us a license to have some fun with the fears and anxieties around flying. LPAC: But despite the sensory effects FLIGHT is definitely no flight-simulator? Neath: No, not in a traditional sense, although audiences really do feel like they are taking off, this is more a simulator of multiple outcomes. In making the show, we read
Every year Lincoln Performing Arts Centre presents work-in-progress evenings by local and regional theatre makers, dancers and choreographers, performers and artists offering audiences an informal opportunity to have a say in the creative process. On Sunday 6th October, as part of PopOut Festival 2019, we are giving creatives the opportunity to scratch their work in the world’s first pop up, plug-and-play-theatre, the Roundabout. Each artist selected to perform at Newvolutions: Scratch Night will receive access to studio space and support in finding actors, resources etc. to help bring their ideas to the stage. They will also receive support and feedback following the showcase on how to better develop their work. We are interested in a range of different ideas at various stages of evolution with the smallest embryo of a new idea sharing the nest with pieces that are more fully fledged. //HOW TO GET INVOLVED Call for NEWVOLUTIONS: Scratch Night – Sunday 6th October – 9pm – Roundabout Theatre Applications are open to artists and companies based in Lincolnshire, the Midlands, the North of England and East Anglia. If you have the embryo of a show or an innovative new idea that needs some space and/or technical resources to