Golem broadcast on World Theatre Day

Wednesday 13 March 2019

Broadcasts - Shows

1927 will celebrate World Theatre Day with a broadcast of their hit show Golem to be streamed by partners across the world on Wednesday 27th March at 7pm.

Following performances at the Young Vic, in the West End, an extensive international tour and a broadcast on the BBC, award-winning theatre company 1927 is to stream a filmed version of its show Golem to coincide with World Theatre Day.

The film, which will be broadcast in English with subtitles available in French and German, has been commissioned by The Space, a commissioning and development organisation established by Arts Council England and the BBC to support greater digital access to the arts.

The film received its debut on BBC4 in November 2018.

The broadcast will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 27th March and will be hosted on the Facebook pages and websites of partners around the world including Taiwan's National Theater and Concert Hall, Spoleto Festival USA, HOME Manchester, Brighton's The Old Market, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Belgium's La Libre newspaper and Komische Oper Berlin.

The British Council will also be streaming the show as part of its Anyone//Anywhere season celebrating the 30th anniversary of the web.

Mixing live performance and music with film and animation, Golem follows the life of extraordinarily ordinary Robert Robertson, whose life is irrevocably disrupted when he buys a golem - a creature who will improve the efficiency of his daily affairs.

But when Robert upgrades to Golem 2.0, the show asks what happens when man is no longer in control of machine.

Eerily relevant to our tech-obsessed world, Golem is directed and written by Suzanne Andrade, with film, animation and design by Paul Barritt - who jointly won Best Designer at the 2015 Critics' Circle Theatre Awards for the production.

Seamlessly synchronising live music, performance and storytelling with stunning films and animation, Golem is the fourth show from 1927 and had its world premiere at the Salzburg Festival in August 2014.

Following a two month sold-out and extended season at the Young Vic and a West End transfer, it has since toured extensively for 3 years, visiting 17 countries including Taiwan, France, China, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Australia and the United States reaching an audience of 122,000.

In 2015, Golem won a Critics Circle Award for its design and a Knights of Illumination Award.

Fiona Morris, CEO and Creative Director of The Space, said ...

"We were delighted to commission the filming of this fantastic production which has toured the world to international acclaim, and now applaud 1927 for working innovatively with a range of partner organisations to share the broadcast on World Theatre Day.

This supports the organisation's desire to extend its reach and allows even more people to enjoy the work."

Jo Crowley, Producer of 1927 said ...

"Our shows are hybrid experiences that place digital content at the heart of the theatrical event.

And we are excited by the opportunity digital technologies also offer to extend our reach and offer new ways to experience our work.

Therefore as we mark the end of over 3 years touring Golem across 4 continents, we're delighted to have been supported by The Space to capture and share the production digitally to potentially reach new audiences beyond the live theatre space."

About the company

1927 is an award-winning London-based company that specialises in combining performance and live music with animation and film to create magical filmic theatre.

Founded in 2005 by co-artistic directors Suzanne Andrade and Paul Barritt, the company also includes associate artist Esme Appleton, composer Lillian Henley and producer Jo Crowley.

1927 is based in Margate and London and became an Associate Company of the Roundhouse and HOME Manchester in 2016.

Previous productions include The Animals and Children Took to the Streets which has recently been remounted and is currently touring; Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Battersea Arts Centre); The Magic Flute (Komische Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, LA Opera, Minnesota Opera); The Krazy Kat Project (Ensemble Musikfabrik) and Petrushka & L'Enfant et les Sortilèges (Komische Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper am Rhein).

The company's newest theatre show Roots will have its world premiere in the United States this May.

About The Space

The Space is a commissioning and development organisation, established by Arts Council England and the BBC to support greater digital access to the arts.

The organisation is committed to supporting and facilitating the UK arts sector to realise its digital ambitions and commissions arts projects and provides a production and distribution pipeline to ensure that these projects reach a wide and diverse range of audiences.


Genevieve Dunne

Nathan Gregory

Philippa Hambly

Rowena Lennon

Felicity Sparks

Voice of Golem: Ben Whithead

Additional Voiceover Suzanne Andrade


Written and directed by Suzanne Andrade

Film, animation & design by Paul Barritt          

Music by Lillian Henley

Drums & Percussion by Will Close

Sound Design by Laurence Owen

Costume Design by Sarah Munro                 

Costume Construction by Sarah Munro & Martha Copeland

Dramaturgy by Ben Francombe

Projection Screen Design by James Lewis

Produced by Jo Crowley

Broadcast sites


Theatre de la Ville (Paris, France)

HOME (Manchester, UK)

British Council

The Old Market (Brighton, UK)

NTCH (Taipei, Taiwan)

Spoleto Festival, (Charleston, USA)

Komische Oper (Berlin, Germany

Jüdisches Museum (Berlin, Germany)

La Libre (Brussels, Belgium)

The Space Arts (Birmingham, UK)


Wednesday 27th March at 7pm

Running Time: 90 minutes

Suitable for ages 12+

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