Pentabus Theatre has announced it will release recordings of past shows on its website and social media channels for free, in response to the coronavirus crisis.
The rural touring company postponed its tour of One Side Lies the Sea earlier this month because of the outbreak.
The first production to be released in this way will be Here I Belong by Matt Hartley. Other shows will follow including Crossings by Deirdre Kinahan and Each Slow Dusk by Rory Mullarkey. The recordings will be accompanied by social media Q&As with cast and creative teams from the productions.
Pentabus tours new plays to village halls and was the first company to live stream theatre directly from village halls into people’s homes. Recordings were filmed during live streams or as part of a live capture over the past five years.
Pentabus’ artistic director Sophie Motley hoped this would allow audiences to get a “virtual village hall” experience.
Here I Belong will be made available on March 27 – World Theatre Day – and a new show will be released weekly on Fridays at 2pm. The shows will remain live for the next three months.