SPAN makes innovative community theatre during second Welsh Lockdown!
As always we have been working hard throughout the lockdown to keep our community connected creatively despite restrictions.
This November, SPAN bring together members of the local community via our new online community theatre company Theatr Soffa: to present Liz Lochhead’s Dracula, a livestreamed community performance through zoom on Fri 20th and Sat 21st November.
Participants have been coming together throughout the 2nd Welsh lockdown to work with the SPAN team and professional theatre maker Deri Morgan and creative technologist and Jake Whittaker to present a terrifying and atmospheric online production which is not to be missed.
The 19 strong community cast will astonish you with their captivating performances, staged from the comfort of their own homes, in this chilling interpretation of the well-known gothic horror story Dracula.
“The program put together by Span has helped me by giving me a reason keep my life as normal as possible, a reason to get out of bed get dressed and have a shave!”
“I felt shut away but the project has given me a whole new lease of life”
This adaptation is steeped in dark gothic imagery and gorgeous poetic language along with a wealth of special effects, props and costumes made by the cast and crew.
This performance of Dracula promises to be the perfect winter warmer or chiller in this case!
About Theatr Soffa:
Theatr Soffa was initially conceived by SPAN to creatively connect rurally isolated and housebound individuals across Pembrokeshire with the arts with more innovative use of technology.
Earlier in lockdown, 2 community casts of over 40 people, 1 English speaking and 1 Welsh, rehearsed and performed 2 productions of the renowned story of Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas, one in English followed by a Welsh language performance of Dan Y Wenallt the Welsh translation by Richard T James. It was so successful that the cast and crew were keen to begin working on another play this Autumn. Little did they know that rehearsals for the 2nd production would fall during the Welsh fire-breaker and would be performed, just as Wales is emerging from its second lockdown. This brave and experimental community production has been the perfect project for all the team as many of participants live alone, are older and/or due to shielding are unable to venture out.
The project has already proved to be a huge success, with participants reporting an improvement in their feelings of wellbeing, and reductions in loneliness with many of the cast members making new friendships through their online weekly rehearsals. Having a regular activity to take part in has given them something to look forward to as the nights drew in.
The production will be livestreamed on 20th & 21st November at 7:30pm via the Span Arts YouTube Channel.
Booking is essential for this astonishing interpretation of the well known gothic tale – Tickets available here
Check out the production trailer here: https://www.facebook.com/spanarts/videos/404054300647252
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