What are we up to?

As the group’s next live show, Absent Friends cannot be performed until April 2021 we have been discussing at our weekly meetings (held via zoom) what we might be able to do in the meantime.

The answer? ‘The show will go ….

online.’

In November we will present ‘Mirror, Mirror’ a virtual fractured fairy tale with all your favourite pantomime characters such as Snow White, The Ugly Sisters, Prince Dashing and many, many more. The production will be suitable for both young and old alike.

Just a short time ago we couldn’t have conceived of trying to perform a scene, let alone a whole play with every actor isolated in their own home but we are determined to make it happen.

Virtual theatre is a new and engaging art form which is beginning to evolve and reveal its potential. Although the audience will be watching on a screen from the comfort of their own homes the production will still be a theatrical play and not a script read or attempt to make a movie. We are looking forward to the challenges ahead and to continue working together as a group despite current restrictions.

We will be performing the play to help raise funds for the Playhouse Plays On campaign. The Oxford Playhouse plays a vital role in the cultural and economic life of Oxford and the region and extended closure due to Covid 19 has had a devastating impact on the theatre’s income. Despite having received some emergency funding it’s future remains uncertain.

The KBDG performance of Mirror Mirror will be available to watch via an online platform in November and we will be inviting our audience to make an online donation to the Playhouse Plays On campaign rather than the proceeds from ticket sales financing our next production. Further details, regarding date and how to watch when we have them…

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