Over the last three years, as Accidental Theatre has built their Shaftesbury Square Venue, the creative team has built it with live streaming as a core part of future plans.
Accidental regularly go live with performances & concerts. However this year the team like all arts venues has been put to the ultimate test. With lockdown and the theatre closed arts festivals, gigs and performances all went online. Accidental has taken on this big challenge with aplomb and has maintained the quality of artist support and output. Entertaining audiences at home, in care homes and all over the world. Working with a range of theatre companies, with students, with musicians, creatives and even worked with Noam Chomsky and Daniel O’Donnell. In total, they have worked on over 160 live- streamed shows and have provided covid-safe rehearsal and performance space.
Accidental Theatre have launched their new Spring programming, an #AccidentalAwakening. They may still be waiting patiently for the news on theatres reopening, (after they were the first to close over a year ago) but that has not stopped the team from bringing some fantastic new gigs, workshops and theatre to audiences far and wide.
The Accidental Awakening has begun!
Duke Special & Temperance Society Chip Bailey will return for another online edition of Duke Special's Gramophone Club, a night of unmissable entertainment on Friday 30 April 2021, 8pm.
Sole Purpose Productions are bringing their sell-out production of She Wants to be a What? to Accidental Theatre on Saturday 8th May. First performed in 2019 as part of the Stonewall celebrations for Foyle Pride this remount has been updated for a 2021 live streaming audience. The drama explores the journey of a transgender man from a mother’s perspective. It charts with empathy and dark humour the impact on their friends and family circle.
Since April 2020 Commedia of Errors have brought Plays Aloud At Home to 932 isolated older people across Northern Ireland a production of theatre, poetry and live music. Plays Aloud At Home is the brainchild of local theatre makers Clare McMahon and Benjamin Gould in partnership with Radius Housing and in association with Accidental Theatre, and will continue to bring a smile to the elderly this Spring.
Sixpenny Productions present Stray, a one-man show by acclaimed actor and playwright Cathal Ferris, who has recently swapped the bright lights of London to return to his Belfast home. Stray is one man's tall tale full of fantasy. voyage of personal growth, friendship and humanity. It will be streamed from Accidental Theatre on the 14th of May and is not to be missed.
More acts to be announced but you can find out more about the Accidental Awakening at accidentaltheatre.co.uk