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PLANNING FOR AUTUMN 2020

Posted by Craig Morrow, 3rd April 2020, 12:42pm

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

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YOUTH THEATRE MOVES ONLINE

Posted by Craig Morrow, 3rd April 2020, 11:59am

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

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Lincoln Performing Arts Centre Moves Online

Posted by Craig Morrow, 2nd April 2020, 11:14am

With the UK currently under Lockdown Lincoln Performing Arts Centre has been been thinking how best we can continue to operate as an arts centre in a virtual space and has begun to publish a special e-newsletter as a starting point for bringing together ideas of how we can stay creative as a community. Inside you’ll find video performance, project updates, and tips on the best culture to view online and where. So if you have a spare few minutes and find yourself looking for something to read in your inbox then we hope our Creative Lockdown Newsletter is a useful diversion. To receive the newsletter visit our mailing list sign up page here.

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre & COVID 19 Temporary Suspension of Activities

Posted by Laura Swain, 17th March 2020, 15:54pm

Following the UK Government announcement on Monday 16 March 2020 to step up measures to fight the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, reinforced by guidance from Arts Council England and UK Theatre/the Society of London Theatre, we have taken the decision to temporarily suspend Lincoln Performing Arts Centre’s programme of events and activities from today, Tuesday 17 March 2020.   We take the health and safety of our audiences, staff, freelance colleagues and partners very seriously and will continue to follow advice from UK Government as it is issued.   At this stage, we do not know how long the suspension of our programme will last. However, the rest of our published season up to and including Sunday 7 June will be postponed or cancelled; events after this date are currently going ahead on a case by case basis. During this time our Box Office, cafe bar, studios and FOH areas will also be closed for public access.   If you have already booked a ticket for performance or workshop coming up in the next few months, our box office staff will be getting in contact with you in due course.  Due to the volume of communication we are asking customers not to contact

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The Fun Palace Trail

Posted by Laura Swain, 27th September 2019, 10:58am

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

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SOLO | An Innovative Immersive Audience Experience

Posted by Laura Swain, 9th September 2019, 13:57pm

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

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WILD | Outdoor Theatre vs Traditional Theatre

Posted by Laura Swain, 9th September 2019, 13:48pm

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

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ROOTS | From the Makers of Urban Astronaut!

Posted by Laura Swain, 9th September 2019, 13:43pm

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

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FLIGHT | “A Simulator of Multiple Outcomes”

Posted by Laura Swain, 9th September 2019, 13:35pm

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

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NEWVOLUTIONS: Scratch Night (Roundabout Special)

Posted by Laura Swain, 24th July 2019, 08:30am

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

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