James Graham, Jasmine Lee-Jones and Duncan Macmillan are among playwrights who will create work for a new digital project announced today by Headlong, in association with Century Films.
Unprecedented: Real Time Theatre From a State of Isolation is a creative response to the global coronavirus crisis.
The project will involve a series of short digital plays to be performed by a cast of more than 20 actors. It will also include work by April De Angelis, Josh Azouz, Deborah Bruce, John Donnelly, Clint Dyer, Jennifer Haley, Sami Ibrahim, Charlene James, Nathaniel Martello-White, Prasanna Puwanarajah and Tim Price.
The plays will be created using digital conferencing technology and will combine live and pre-recorded material. A team of directors and freelance creatives will create the films, which Headlong and Century Films will then publish online in April for audiences to stream directly from their homes.
Jeremy Herrin, artistic director and chief executive of Headlong, said: “In these uncertain times we want to engage with our family of artists: our playwrights, directors and actors and other creatives, and provide them with a platform to share their insight, wisdom, humour, anger, fear and optimism, or whatever else they’ve got at this pivotal moment.”
Headlong is one of a number of UK theatre companies creating major digital projects in response to Covid-19, including the Homemakers project at Manchester’s Home and the National Theatre of Scotland’s Scenes for Survival series.