New online digital arts festival

Published: 3 January 2021
Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Living Record Festival
Mum. Can you hear me
Bully Beef & Whizzbangs
This Noisy Isle

Living Record is a month-long arts festival online.

The programme includes more than forty digital events including theatre, improvisation, circus, spoken word, dance and comedy with many shows being made available on demand.

With the special software, each artist and company has their own microsite on the festival platform in order to offer content additional to their show such as interviews and backstage tours.

In addition to benefitting from the extra content, audiences can take advantage of the Festival's incentivised feedback system which sees ticket prices reduced proportionate to recommendations.

Artistic director Ross Drury said, “the Living Record Festival is a virtual space that supports professional development, networking and artistic experimentation for artists and storytellers at all career levels and a financially accessible marketplace for theatre companies to connect with audiences and the wider arts industry. Its aim is to support independent companies, storytellers and artists, and to programme work which is purpose-built for a digital platform."

The full programme is available online; amongst the theatre performances are

  • Clare Perkins's new play Unhinged
  • Improvised comedy from The Noise Next Door
  • This Noisy Isle from Spun Glass Theatre, inspired by The Tempest
  • A four-act monodrama inspired by the Essex lorry death accident from Bernadett Szabo, Mum. Can you hear me?
  • Heads Or Tails by Skye Hallam about a young actress returning from the afterlife to perform a one-woman show
  • My Mix(Ed Up) Tape, a new play by Eleanor Barr about female anger and misdiagnosed ADHD presented with a DJ set from DJ GLADE and sensory audio-visual graphics

Audio plays include

  • A new adaptation of John Buchan's classic The 39 Steps—A Radio Drama
  • A play commemorating Armisitice, Bully Beef & Whizzbangs
  • On Record by Cameron Essam and Ella Dorman-Gajic—an audio play within an audio play
  • A Bloody Shambles by Ella Dorman-Gajic exploring themes of period poverty and taboos about menstruation
  • Breaking Up With Reality, an audio love letter to reality by Eden Harbud
  • Shifting Sands, a dystopian satire where fictional podcast meets radio play by Tom Thornton

Living Record Festival runs from 17 January to 22 February