The Remote Read: A Separate Peace
London theatre news: Thursday 30 April 2020
Online - Shows - Streaming
A revival of Tom Stoppard's A Separate Peace will be broadcast live on Saturday 2 May at 7pm raising money for technicians and creatives and The Felix Project.
Image courtesy CurtainCall, Platform Presents, Apples & Oranges Arts
First up in The Remote Read, an innovative series of live streamed virtual play readings, will be Sir Tom Stoppard's A Separate Peace, originally written for TV in 1966.
The production will be live streamed on Saturday 2 May at 7pm, raising money for stage technicians and creatives forced out of work by COVID-19, as well as The Felix Project food charity.
A Separate Peace is an enigmatic comedy set in a private nursing home.
The smooth running of the home and the peace of mind of its staff is disrupted by the arrival of a patient, John Brown.
He is warm, charming and can easily pay for his room … the only problem is that he is perfectly healthy.
Behind the humour, Stoppard poses a key question about the way our society works: why do we feel so uncomfortable about people who want to do nothing - even when they can afford it?
Though the play is being streamed, this is not a typical 'script in hand' reading.
The performance has a full creative and production team behind it, and will be directed by award-winning film and theatre director Sam Yates (The Starry Messenger with Matthew Broderick, Wyndham's Theatre and The Phlebotomist, Hampstead Theatre Downstairs; Film: The Hope Rooms with Andrew Scott and Ciarán Hinds, Cymbeline with Hayley Atwell, All's Well That Ends Well with Ruth Wilson and Lindsay Duncan).
A new format for live theatre, creating new digital versions of traditional stage jobs, this innovative project is the first of its kind, developing a piece entirely remotely.
The show has been put together by a team of creatives who have re-imagined their roles for a digital production - including the director, design team, stage manager and others.
The producers behind The Remote Read are UK-based professional membership platform CurtainCall in partnership with US-based on-profit organisation Apples and Oranges Arts and UK-based non-profit Platform Presents.
Each production in the series will create new jobs for key creatives and stage management freelancers who will work together remotely.
Members of CurtainCall are able to apply for these new digital stage jobs exclusively through the membership platform.
Director Sam Yates said ...
"Tom Stoppard's one-act play is a vibrant and moving exploration of connectedness and care.
It is exciting to explore the possibilities of a new and untested form - presenting a play online - with a stellar cast, designer, lighting designer, sound designer and stage manager.
It comes at a time when artists are exploring how we can adapt our practices and connect with audiences."
Co-founder of CurtainCall, Matt Humphrey, said ...
"At a time when theatres and studios across the globe have shut down and the whole world is consuming content, we wanted to get talented creatives and technicians working together again.
Our community is passionate about collaborating on creative projects, and 'The Remote Read' is going to help them do just that."
Fellow co-founder John Schwab, added ...
"It is through telling stories that we connect with our fellow professionals, and audiences.
These unprecedented circumstances have dictated and constrained traditional methods of doing this.
We're excited to explore new ways to bring storytelling to as many people in the best, most innovative way possible."
Cast and director
PLAYWRIGHT: Sir Tom Stoppard
VIDEO DESIGNER: Andrzej Goulding
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Nat Green
COSTUME DESIGNER: Amelia Sierevogel
SOUND DESIGNER: Sam Glossop
TECH DESIGNER: Tim Kashani
PRODUCTION MANAGER: Kate West
STAGE MANAGER: Georgia Bird
DEPUTY STAGE MANAGER: Kim Battistini
PR: Kevin Wilson PR
2 May 2020 at 7pm
£7-50 to £20
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