Lincoln Performing Arts Centre https://lpac.co.uk Great Theatre At The Heart Of The City Sat, 19 Jun 2021 05:30:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://lpac.co.uk/media/cropped-iconL-copy-32x32.png Lincoln Performing Arts Centre https://lpac.co.uk 32 32 Lincoln Performing Arts Centre Receives Second Grant from Culture Recovery Fund https://lpac.co.uk/lincoln-performing-arts-centre-receives-second-grant-from-culture-recovery-fund/ Fri, 02 Apr 2021 00:01:24 +0000 https://lpac.co.uk/?p=5252876 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.”

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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.”

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.

Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:

“Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work.

We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.

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Light It In Red https://lpac.co.uk/light-it-in-red/ Sat, 20 Mar 2021 21:50:51 +0000 https://lpac.co.uk/?p=5237364 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

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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 we are fortunate at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre that University of Lincoln has stood by us. Nonetheless, with no income coming in our operational budget has necessarily been massively reduced (by over 90%), which means our ability to support local artists and creative practitioners is significantly diminished. However, with support from the Culture Recovery Fund we have been able to invest in some small-scale commissions and investment in the future.

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Looking Forward https://lpac.co.uk/looking-forward/ Tue, 23 Feb 2021 16:44:02 +0000 https://lpac.co.uk/?p=5215441 Following the announcement of the Government’s roadmap for reopening, we thought we would update you on Lincoln Performing Arts Centre’s plans. Whilst we welcome a timetable with clear milestones that show us the way forward, we do so with an air of cautious optimism. It is clear that social distancing will be in place for indoor events until at least midsummer, but we acknowledge that this is a moveable timescale, dependent on many factors, and that any events scheduled for later in the year may be subject to restrictions that might necessitate further rescheduling. Consequently, as we begin to put events on sale again for 2021, we would like to reaffirm our commitment to a money-back guarantee in the event COVID-related complications so that you can book with confidence. As we begin to reopen, we will be taking time to make sure we do so in a way that keeps audiences as safe as possible. Our plans for the rest of 2021 currently include a summer programme of community-led performances, alongside popular family entertainment and outdoor performance in the city. We then hope to re-open our café and offer a regular programme of activity across all of our spaces from

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Following the announcement of the Government’s roadmap for reopening, we thought we would update you on Lincoln Performing Arts Centre’s plans.

Whilst we welcome a timetable with clear milestones that show us the way forward, we do so with an air of cautious optimism.

It is clear that social distancing will be in place for indoor events until at least midsummer, but we acknowledge that this is a moveable timescale, dependent on many factors, and that any events scheduled for later in the year may be subject to restrictions that might necessitate further rescheduling.

Consequently, as we begin to put events on sale again for 2021, we would like to reaffirm our commitment to a money-back guarantee in the event COVID-related complications so that you can book with confidence.

As we begin to reopen, we will be taking time to make sure we do so in a way that keeps audiences as safe as possible. Our plans for the rest of 2021 currently include a summer programme of community-led performances, alongside popular family entertainment and outdoor performance in the city. We then hope to re-open our café and offer a regular programme of activity across all of our spaces from the autumn.

In the meantime, keep your eyes open for online events and workshops and some big announcements about the future for Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, and creative and cultural opportunities in the city.

Until then, take care and see you again soon!

All our love,

The LPAC Team

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IMPORTANT UPDATES https://lpac.co.uk/important-updates/ Tue, 09 Feb 2021 17:28:39 +0000 https://lpac.co.uk/?p=5198906 Here we have outlined any changes to events due to the ongoing pandemic. Please see below a list of events that have either been postponed, alongside them will state their new date, and any events that have been cancelled. If you have purchased tickets for these events and now require a refund, please see further below as to how to proceed with your order. Andy and The Odd Socks – Cancelled (please contact our box office) Jenny Éclair: Sixty (FFS!)– Postponed to Friday 3 September (All tickets have automatically been transferred to the new date) Semeli Papavasileiou Quartet – Cancelled (please contact our box office) Fire and Light Trail – Postponed new date TBD If you are unable to attend the new date or the event you had originally booked for has been cancelled you are of course, entitled to a full refund of the cost of your tickets. If you in a position to donate your pre-paid ticket back to us as a gesture of financial support, we would be hugely appreciative. However, our situation is not unique, and we appreciate that Coronavirus will impact on many areas of the economy, and so refunds will, of course, be available

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Here we have outlined any changes to events due to the ongoing pandemic. Please see below a list of events that have either been postponed, alongside them will state their new date, and any events that have been cancelled. If you have purchased tickets for these events and now require a refund, please see further below as to how to proceed with your order.

Andy and The Odd Socks – Cancelled (please contact our box office)

Jenny Éclair: Sixty (FFS!)– Postponed to Friday 3 September (All tickets have automatically been transferred to the new date)

Semeli Papavasileiou Quartet – Cancelled (please contact our box office)

Fire and Light Trail – Postponed new date TBD

If you are unable to attend the new date or the event you had originally booked for has been cancelled you are of course, entitled to a full refund of the cost of your tickets.

If you in a position to donate your pre-paid ticket back to us as a gesture of financial support, we would be hugely appreciative. However, our situation is not unique, and we appreciate that Coronavirus will impact on many areas of the economy, and so refunds will, of course, be available without question.

Please contact our box office via email at enquiries@lpac.co.uk as to how you would like to proceed with your booking.

We are a small team and we appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. If you have any further questions please respond this email and a member of our box office staff will be in touch.

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Re-opening Update https://lpac.co.uk/re-opening-update/ Thu, 07 Jan 2021 16:33:41 +0000 https://lpac.co.uk/?p=5146982 ***An update on our re-opening*** Unfortunately, with the implementation of a new national Lockdown we have no choice but to cancel our re-opening plans for Lincoln Performing Arts Centre until April 2021 at the earliest. If you have booked tickets for any socially distanced live events scheduled during that time you will be contacted shortly. Our Artistic Director, Craig Morrow, has the following message: “Given the ongoing volatile nature of the pandemic it is with deep regret that we will now have to remain closed until much later in the year. Although we have constantly adapted to the Government’s ever-shifting guidance and timelines for re-opening, putting in systems and infrastructure to enable us to host socially distanced events, whilst devising new creative ways of allowing audiences to experience performance, we have been foiled at every turn and often with only a couple of days notice. This has undoubtedly been frustrating for audiences, but soul-destroying for staff and artists who have worked tirelessly to meet the guidance issued to the cultural sector. Although I completely understand and support the need for such reactive measures it makes it no less devastating. Back in the October 2020 we were lucky enough to receive

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***An update on our re-opening***

Unfortunately, with the implementation of a new national Lockdown we have no choice but to cancel our re-opening plans for Lincoln Performing Arts Centre until April 2021 at the earliest. If you have booked tickets for any socially distanced live events scheduled during that time you will be contacted shortly. Our Artistic Director, Craig Morrow, has the following message:

“Given the ongoing volatile nature of the pandemic it is with deep regret that we will now have to remain closed until much later in the year. Although we have constantly adapted to the Government’s ever-shifting guidance and timelines for re-opening, putting in systems and infrastructure to enable us to host socially distanced events, whilst devising new creative ways of allowing audiences to experience performance, we have been foiled at every turn and often with only a couple of days notice. This has undoubtedly been frustrating for audiences, but soul-destroying for staff and artists who have worked tirelessly to meet the guidance issued to the cultural sector. Although I completely understand and support the need for such reactive measures it makes it no less devastating. Back in the October 2020 we were lucky enough to receive some funding from HM Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, which was in part to cover the costs of a spring programme. Obviously this can no longer go ahead and so we will be adapting our plans once again to direct this funding towards artist commissions for future performance and participatory activity. I am really thankful for the ongoing support we’ve received from the University of Lincoln in such challenging circumstances but also the wider public who we are desperate to meet again and have continued to offer such kindness in difficult times.”

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Make Your Own THE SNOW HARE IN WINTER Christmas Decorations https://lpac.co.uk/make-your-own-the-snow-hare-in-winter-christmas-decorations/ Fri, 18 Dec 2020 10:19:07 +0000 https://lpac.co.uk/?p=5106253 Make your own The Snow Hare in Winter Decorations and see them featured in the show! Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC), in collaboration with Under the Bed Theatre, are inviting families to get involved with festive craft-making activities and to see their creations become a part of this year’s Christmas show for younger audiences, The Snow Hare in Winter. Themed around the characters and imagery of The Snow Hare in Winter the crafted decoration ideas are made using both recycled and arts and crafts materials, including cork baubles, cardboard tubes and washed-out tin cans to create baubles, bright-eyed owl lamps and tin lanterns. The Christmas Decoration Project is an opportunity for family members of all ages to spend time together making heart-felt decorations to brighten up their homes during this, the darkest time of the year. Once completed, take a photo of your creations and send it to LPAC’s team to be included in the recorded staged theatre show of The Snow Hare in Winter which will be available to stream 24th December – 6th January. Entries need to be submitted to the venue by 20th December for inclusion. To find out how to make your very own The Snow

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Make your own The Snow Hare in Winter Decorations and see them featured in the show!

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC), in collaboration with Under the Bed Theatre, are inviting families to get involved with festive craft-making activities and to see their creations become a part of this year’s Christmas show for younger audiences, The Snow Hare in Winter.

Themed around the characters and imagery of The Snow Hare in Winter the crafted decoration ideas are made using both recycled and arts and crafts materials, including cork baubles, cardboard tubes and washed-out tin cans to create baubles, bright-eyed owl lamps and tin lanterns. The Christmas Decoration Project is an opportunity for family members of all ages to spend time together making heart-felt decorations to brighten up their homes during this, the darkest time of the year.

Once completed, take a photo of your creations and send it to LPAC’s team to be included in the recorded staged theatre show of The Snow Hare in Winter which will be available to stream 24th December – 6th January. Entries need to be submitted to the venue by 20th December for inclusion.

To find out how to make your very own The Snow Hare in Winter decorations, check out this fantastic tutorial, introduced by Under the Bed Theatre.

Once you’ve made your decorations, take a photo and UPLOAD HERE or EMAIL TO DAWN.

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Christmas Shows Adapt to Lincolnshire’s Tier 3 Restrictions https://lpac.co.uk/press-release-christmas-shows-adapt-to-lincolnshires-tier-3-restrictions/ Wed, 02 Dec 2020 11:10:44 +0000 https://lpac.co.uk/?p=5060363 LPAC’s Christmas Productions Revised in Light of Tier 3 Restrictions Augmented Reality App and Live Streaming Save Christmas Shows! On Thursday 26 November the UK Government confirmed that Lincolnshire will move into tougher Tier 3 restrictions following the end of the second national lockdown on Wednesday 2 December 2020. Prior to the most recent lockdown, Tier 3 restrictions had not included live performance, and so it was hoped that Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) would still be able to present a live performance experience for both A Distant Christmas and The Snow Hare in Winter this December. Consequently, with the inclusion of theatre amongst those restricted activities in the revised Tier 3, the Government’s announcement has had a profound impact on LPAC’s plans for Christmas. However, despite the disappointment that they can no longer continue to offer a live performance experience, both productions will still go ahead, albeit in digital form. These new digital offerings, whilst still a high-quality creative experiences, will come at a reduced price to reflect the change in format. A Distant Christmas is now purely app-based and will be free to download from Saturday 19 December 2020 until Sunday 31 January 2021 with a recommended donation

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LPAC’s Christmas Productions Revised in Light of Tier 3 Restrictions
Augmented Reality App and Live Streaming Save Christmas Shows!

On Thursday 26 November the UK Government confirmed that Lincolnshire will move into tougher Tier 3 restrictions following the end of the second national lockdown on Wednesday 2 December 2020. Prior to the most recent lockdown, Tier 3 restrictions had not included live performance, and so it was hoped that Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) would still be able to present a live performance experience for both A Distant Christmas and The Snow Hare in Winter this December. Consequently, with the inclusion of theatre amongst those restricted activities in the revised Tier 3, the Government’s announcement has had a profound impact on LPAC’s plans for Christmas.

However, despite the disappointment that they can no longer continue to offer a live performance experience, both productions will still go ahead, albeit in digital form.

These new digital offerings, whilst still a high-quality creative experiences, will come at a reduced price to reflect the change in format. A Distant Christmas is now purely app-based and will be free to download from Saturday 19 December 2020 until Sunday 31 January 2021 with a recommended donation of £8 towards the development costs. The Snow Hare in Winter, meanwhile, is now a specially staged production recorded for camera, which can be streamed online on demand from Thursday 24 December until Wednesday 6 January 2021. The new ticket price of £10 per rental, includes the option to double your ticket value with a donation to help support the venue and Under the Bed theatre company. The production is available on demand to stream for three days from the booking date, giving flexibility to audiences and the opportunity to watch several times.

Audiences who had already booked tickets for either A Distant Christmas or The Snow Hare in Winter, we will provide a full refund. Alternatively, they’re invited to support the arts centre by choosing to credit the ticket value for a future event or donate to LPAC’s community projects.

“Although we’re sad that we can no longer present the live element of A Distant Christmas, which would have seen actors providing a fun festive misguided tour through our city, the piece was always envisaged with the fall-back of an app-only experience in mind and so I’m confident that audiences will still enjoy this festive romance-mystery that provides a unique alternative to the traditional Christmas show. Our production teams for both shows continue to work extraordinarily hard in exceptional circumstances to create something truly magical this Christmas. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved for their resilience, adaptability, creativity and innovation. It is thanks to them that we are able to continue to find a way to bring the arts to you.”
Craig Morrow, Artistic Director, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

“We are very excited to be bringing The Snow Hare in Winter to you in video form. Theatre in your own living room! We are already experienced in staging for camera so the shift from live to recorded is something that we are familiar with. We have been working hard with Lincoln Performing Arts Centre to capture the buzz of the theatre. We aim to make the show just as interactive and fun with lots of new original songs and funny characters, and ultimately offer a chance for families to experience a bit of Christmas magic. A trip to the theatre has never been so cosy!”
Josh Baldwin, Under the Bed Theatre

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For interviews and images please contact:
Julie Ellerby
Marketing Manager
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
jellerby@lincoln.ac.uk

Editor’s notes:

A Distant Christmas
Tickets: Free Download
Format: Augmented Reality App.
Available From: Saturday 19 December 2020 to 31 January 2021
Trail Starts: Lincoln City Centre
Trail Ends: Uphill Lincoln
Duration: approximately 1 hour 20 minutes*
Age: 10+

It is December 1918 and Kitty Hall is grieving the death of her sweetheart – killed in action in the last weeks of the War. But when he’s seen alive, walking the streets of Lincoln, Kitty and her friends set out on a quest to find him, searching across the city and hoping for a Christmas Miracle.

*A Distant Christmas takes approximately 1 hour 20 minutes to complete depending on length of time it takes you to find and travel to the various locations and uncover the clues to the next marker, so make sure you dress for the weather.

The Snow Hare in Winter
Tickets: £10 per household // £20 to double it with a donation.
Link active for three days from selected event date.
Format: Recorded Stage Production for Online Streaming
Available From: 24 December 2020 to 6 January 2021 (Christmas Eve to Twelfth Night). Last rental booking is 6 January.
Duration: 45 minutes
Age: 3 – 7 years

Lumi knows all about the Snow Hare and she wants nothing more than to find him. She knows that his fur transforms brilliant white each winter, to match his surroundings, and that if you see him, he will grant you a wish. But it hasn’t snowed for a long, long time….

Join Lumi on her adventure as she searches for her Christmas wish and meets new friends along the way in this heart-warming story with joyous songs and silly characters.

Essentially, a home rental of a pre-recorded and edited full stage production for young audiences. The streaming link gives access for three days from the selected event date, giving more flexibility on when you watch and the option to watch more than once within that timeframe.

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A Distant Christmas: Digital and Live Performance in 2020 https://lpac.co.uk/a-distant-christmas-digital-and-live-performance-in-2020/ Tue, 01 Dec 2020 10:52:44 +0000 https://lpac.co.uk/?p=5057246 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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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 most about the production?
The thing I was looking forward to most about this project was doing something very new to the format of the genre. You know it’s not every day that you create an app that goes along with a theatre show.
What is your favourite Christmas story?
A film called Grounded.

Alex Kent
What is your production role?
I’m the production manager for A Distant Christmas.
What excites you most about the production?
I’m most excited to be bringing traditional storytelling to a new medium when live performance is not possible.
What is your favourite Christmas story?
My favourite story is A Christmas Carol.

Alice Bright
What is your production role?
I am assisting the sound tech on the production of A Distant Christmas.
What excites you most about the production?
This process has been very enjoyable from a tech point as it involved, for me, new aspects.
What is your favourite Christmas story?
The time that my dog ate the entire chicken that my mum had very lovingly spent nearly three hours working on!

We especially love that curve ball answer from Alice! We are so sorry for her mum but do love the story. Perhaps there’s a future Christmas show in it? THE DOG WHO ATE CHRISTMAS!

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A Distant Christmas: Rehearsing in 2020 https://lpac.co.uk/a-distant-christmas-rehearsing-in-2020/ Fri, 20 Nov 2020 16:16:45 +0000 https://lpac.co.uk/?p=5019411 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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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 scenes that we thought were already blocked, but needed to be changed to fit the camera lens, whilst also maintaining our safe distance from one another. Simple tasks have become a lengthier process.

So far (touch wood!) we have only had one performer go into isolation, but unfortunately this has happened twice for her already over the rehearsal period! But in this digital era, a man down doesn’t necessarily mean a man gone. She was still able to contribute to discussions and developments through email and she has been present at every rehearsal via live video connection. Although not physically in the room, she was able to participate in all aspects and continue to be an active member of the group. I wouldn’t call it easy, but it has been doable. The cast and crew have been incredibly adaptive and have such a positive attitude to overcoming challenges.

It is almost beyond belief to think that any production could be produced whilst adhering to such restrictions, but it just goes to show how resilient and driven we are as performers and creators. As a team we have been able to creatively navigate all the new rules and regulations, and work together (even when we’re apart!) to create something magical!

Truly A Distant Christmas miracle!

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Aakash Odedra 2 Live Performance Moves Online! https://lpac.co.uk/aakash-odedra-2-live-performance-moves-online/ Tue, 03 Nov 2020 15:08:47 +0000 https://lpac.co.uk/?p=4986274 In response to new national lockdown restrictions which are due to come into force on Thursday 5 November, the performance by Aakash Odedra 2, which was scheduled for Saturday 7 November on the University of Lincoln campus outside LPAC has now been moved online. Whether you’re a LSFPA student thinking of joining Aakash Odedra 2 or simply want to enjoy some much-needed art in your lockdown life then now is your chance to see the style of work the company creates and performs. Aakash Odedra 2 will be auditioning for dancers from the @UniLincolnLSFPA to form the new cohort of this pre-professional graduate dance company. With lockdown well under way the outdoor performances planned @universityoflincoln will now go online. On Fri 6 November, 5.30pm the company will be premiering this new work. Filmed on location in Leicester this unique performance created with Kesha Raithatha and Aakash Odedra brings the beauty of dance and the outdoors to your screen http://bit.ly/AO2Perform Image: Matt Cawrey

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In response to new national lockdown restrictions which are due to come into force on Thursday 5 November, the performance by Aakash Odedra 2, which was scheduled for Saturday 7 November on the University of Lincoln campus outside LPAC has now been moved online.

Whether you’re a LSFPA student thinking of joining Aakash Odedra 2 or simply want to enjoy some much-needed art in your lockdown life then now is your chance to see the style of work the company creates and performs. Aakash Odedra 2 will be auditioning for dancers from the @UniLincolnLSFPA to form the new cohort of this pre-professional graduate dance company. With lockdown well under way the outdoor performances planned @universityoflincoln will now go online. On Fri 6 November, 5.30pm the company will be premiering this new work. Filmed on location in Leicester this unique performance created with Kesha Raithatha and Aakash Odedra brings the beauty of dance and the outdoors to your screen http://bit.ly/AO2Perform

Image: Matt Cawrey

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