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Postcards From Isolation – A Covid Diary

As part of East Lothian Council’s Arts Service this Facebook group is an opportunity to document the day to day lives of local residents living through these historic and unusual times. From social distancing to lockdown, Covid 19 has changed the way we all work, shop, play and live our lives. The pictures you put up celebrate the tenacity of the human spirit through the hard, boring, funny and the amazing. It is a chance to depict the art of living and the creativity that comes from confinement. Put up your art projects, ideas, baking experiments and share your day to day life.

An extension of this page, once lockdown is over, would be a project -Postcards from Isolation -where blank postcards are sent out to the community and people are encouraged to draw, write, sew, knit, include music links or photograph a postcard sized image reflecting on their own experience of social isolation. These could then be shared as a way of connecting people.

Once lockdown is lifted, there would be an opportunity to have an exhibition of postcards and an event to bring the local community together to contemplate and celebrate.

As human beings we are all connected and this moment in time demonstrates that in an unprecedented way. We are apart but we will always be together.

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Family Fix

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.

The FunBox ‘Christmas in Toy Town’ show at the Whitehall Theatre, Dundee. 23/11/2019 Picture by John Young /

Funbox – Clips from previous Funbox productions – available on YouTube.

Julia Donaldson & Friends – Storytelling and activities for children via Facebook

Tall Stories – Keep your children entertained with videos, activities & storytelling – visit their website.

Starcatchers – A new series of Wee Inspirations idea cards for parents at home with young children 0-5 yr olds. Visit their website.

Every Child Every Right’ from Historieberattarna – a lovely uplifting video to watch and enjoy via Vimeo.

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Listen In

As The Brunton is temporarily closed, we’ve been looking for other ways to keep you entertained. Here are some online concerts and musicmaking activities for all the family.

Dougie MacLean

BBC Proms at Home – offers easy, creative, weekly activities for families across the summer. To celebrate the First Night of the Proms and taking inspiration from Gerald Barry’s Canada; Jessie Maryon Davies guides families in creating their very own one word song using only voice and body percussion! Visit their website for all the info

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.

The ScotsmanThe Scotsman Sessions are short video performances from artists all around the country. Visit their website to watch.

Royal Scottish National OrchestraRSNO Friday Night Club – 15 free online concerts from our archives, featuring beloved music performed by world-class musicians RSNO website.

Music & Me – Songs, stories and creative exploration with Dave Trouton, East Lothian musician. Visit the Music & Me Website.

Drake Music Scotland – Accessible resources tailored for additional support needs children but useful for everyone. Visit their website for more information.

McMillan Young Musicians – Early Years fun songs and games from Charlotte McMillan, East Lothian Arts worker and creator of Hullabaloo. Visit her website to join in.

Incorporated Society of Musicians – Learning resources for primary, secondary and instrumental learning, as well as other useful resources. Many are free or discounted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit website to find out more.

ABC Music – Sign up to free online sessions with this great Midlothian based music project, for all ages!  Visit website.

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Digital Theatre Fix

As The Brunton is temporarily closed, we’ve been looking for other ways to keep you entertained. 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.

Dogstar Theatre – The Tailor of Inverness

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!

National Theatre – Help us celebrate the joy and laughter that panto brings to thousands of families across the UK every year.​ In honour of all the theatres that have been forced to cancel their Christmas pantos, we’re sharing Dick Whittington for FREE on the National Theatre YouTube channel from 3pm (UK time) on 23 December until midnight (UK time) on 27 December.

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.

The Scotsman – The Scotsman Sessions are short video performances from artists all around the country. Visit their website to watch.

Tricky Hat Productions – Following cancelled performances in Scotland and Japan due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Flames launched a digital collaboration. This pilot collaboration was a huge success; enabling Tricky Hat to keep the Scottish and Japanese Flames connected during a turbulent period. Now, The Flames are reigniting for a new collaborative project. #DontStopTheFlames is taking place virtually and in-person where possible. Flames across Scotland, Japan and New Zealand are devising with Tricky Hat associate artists to create a series of eight films between September and February. Sharing The Flames’ raw, real experiences of life at the present moment, these films allow The Flames to tell their stories about a new way of living and offer fresh insights into navigating through this unchartered territory. The collaborative process, be it digitally or physically, will allow distinctive themes to emerge throughout the making of the series.