As The Brunton is temporarily closed, we’ve been looking for other ways to keep you and your family entertained. We’ve found some online activities that might help to keep the boredom at bay and some of the theatre companies that regularly perform on our stage, are making digital versions of their productions available for you to enjoy at home.
Get Creative UK – Get Creative is a campaign that shines a light on all the great cultural activity that takes place on a regular basis in local communities and encourages people to try their hand at something new and creative. This year, we are using the #GetCreativeAtHome campaign to highlight and promote some of the amazing participatory creative activities that are being developed to help people to express themselves creatively during a time of unprecedented change. At this extremely challenging time, we believe that the power of creativity to unite people and support them to maintain good mental health and connection with others is more important than ever. #GetCreativeatHome
The Gruffalo -There are masses of great games and activities and fun stuff you can download here.
Funbox – Clips from previous Funbox productions – available on YouTube.
Dougie MacLean – Streaming live concerts from his home and studio in the Old School in Butterstone, Scotland. Available to watch on Facebook or YouTube.
Scottish Opera – Spotlight On… Immerse yourself in some of Scottish Opera’s best loved productions, past and present. Never-before-seen photos, in-depth interviews, videos, exclusive programme articles and more to keep you entertained. Visit their website.
Tricky Hat Productions – Of all the limitations the pandemic has brought to our lives, it’s hugging we miss the most. We long to hug our families and friends, that close human contact that says so much more than words.
It’s not surprising that the last film in the #DontStopTheFlames project, a series of 8 films about lives and hopes and dreams in the post-Covid world, is about hugging – or the need to hug. This film is in 2 parts:
HUG uses choreography to explore the lack of human connection, and the conflict between the desire to keep our loved ones close and the need to keep them at a social distance. Filmed in unusually quiet urban settings – outside the Science Centre in Glasgow and the Library in Sendai, Japan – it features a powerful soundscape, created using The Flames’ voices.
See HUG here
HUG ME was filmed by The Flames themselves, in Scotland and Japan. As well as demonstrating their digital upskilling, The Flames offer their own unique interpretations of human contact in recent times.
See HUG ME here
#DontStopTheFlames demonstrates Tricky Hat’s importance in the creative world with The Flames, its dynamic over-50s performance company, shattering preconceptions of ageing, and embracing new digital skills. All films in this series can be found here
The Shows Must Go On – The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel bringing you showtunes, backstage access and full performances from some of the best loved musicals in history! Featuring the best of musical theatre and beyond! From The West End to Broadway we’ve got you covered!
Rapture Theatre – Enjoy Rapture Mini Bites, a series of online, bite sized performances curated by Co-Artistic Director, Michael Emans. Every Friday they publish a reading, speech, poem, song or dance routine performed by one of the stars of previous Rapture shows. Find them on Facebook or Rapture Theatre’s website.
National Theatre of Scotland
- #ScenesForSurvival – Scenes for Survival is a new season of 50 + digital artworks created in response to the current COVID-19 outbreak. Visit their website for more information.
- Play Dates – an online interactive programme for children and families, is free and available now! Get creative with our workshops for children of all ages.
- Adam will be broadcast as part of BBC Arts ‘Lights Up’ for New Culture in Quarantine Season on BBC iPlayer and BBC Four in Feb/March 2021 and will premiere on BBC Scotland Channel in February 2021. Inspired by the life of Adam Kashmiry. Adam, the remarkable true story of a young trans man and his journey to reconciliation, is reinvented as a compelling on-screen drama.
- Ghost Light: A celebration of theatre on film – Ghost Light is a love letter from the National Theatre of Scotland, evoking moments from Scottish theatrical performances past, present and future with works from writers including J.M. Barrie, David Greig and Jackie Kay, and original composition by Patricia Panther. Watch on YouTube.
Sky Arts available on Freeview – As the UK’s only dedicated arts channel, Sky Arts exists to bring more art to more people across the UK. By throwing open the doors to make the channel free to air, we want to increase access to and participation in the arts. Offering something for everyone, whatever their passion, Sky Arts showcases the best of classical and popular music, theatre, opera, dance and the visual arts, as well as original drama and comedy.