A festival celebrating theatre productions cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic has announced plans to host a symposium on the industry’s future alongside its events this month.
The Lockdown Theatre Festival, created by actor Bertie Carvel, will feature four plays whose runs have been curtailed reimagined as audio dramas and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4.
It takes place next week, and the festival’s organisers are now launching a public conversation about the future of theatre in the aftermath of the pandemic, which will inform a panel discussion on Radio 3.
Carvel said: "We want to hear from everyone, from artistic directors and administrators to actors and, crucially, audiences."
"We want to use the open space, town hall model to gather as many ideas as possible from the widest range of stakeholders," he said, encouraging anyone wishing to participate to share their vision for the future of theatre on social media with the hashtag #LockdownTheatreSymposium.
An episode of Radio 3’s Free Thinking will be dedicated to the debate, and will be broadcast on June 11 at 10pm.
The festival’s productions follow on June 13 and 14, with broadcasts of EV Crowe’s Shoe Lady, Rockets and Blue Lights by Winsome Pinnock, The Mikvah Project by Josh Azouz and Mike Bartlett’s Love Love Love.
They are produced by Reduced Listening in partnership with Lockdown Theatre and are being broadcast as part of the BBC’s Culture in Quarantine initiative.