The unstoppable Creation Theatre has been one of the highlights of digital theatre production during this 14 months of uncertainty, and for their new show they return to the works of William Shakespeare and Romeo and Juliet.
Despite the general negativity inherent in John Webster’s work, Creation Theatre has managed to give us something which is full of positive creativity in the company’s production of The Duchess Of Malfi.
With the gimmicks stripped away, what’s left in Creation Theatre’s Grimm Tales for Fragile Times & Broken People is a masterclass in storytelling which, while not exactly heartwarming, does manage to leave the audience with a reminder that even in the darkest of times, we are not alone.
Calling their collection Grimm Tales For Fragile Times And Broken People, Creation have woven together five of the Grimm brothers’ stories which have resonances with the current lockdown situation and the issues of confinement and mental health.
Fresh from winning an ONCOMM Award for their inventive reinvention of Wonderland in Alice – A Virtual Theme Park, Creation Theatre is continuing its exploration of the digital auditorium with their newest production Grimm Tales for Fragile Times and Broken People.
Oxford-based Creation Theatre is presenting its online production of Grimm Tales for Fragile Times & Broken People, a deliciously dark and twisted set of fairy tales, from 28 January to 14 February 2021.
The wide range of characters, sound and visual effects, and pithy commentary make for excellent entertainment in Creation Theatre’s The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz.
With some scenes of conflict filmed in a style which evokes the “found-footage” style seen in The Blair Witch Project and others, this Big Telly Theatre Company’s Macbeth – for which audience members are instructed to draw the curtains and dim the lights – offers psychological chills from the start.
Alice: A Virtual Theme Park is ultimately a show of charm and occasional barbed wit, which is fun for both families or adults. You don’t have to switch your video on and join in, but it is fun if you do,
Doing the Macarena with the Queen of Hearts? But of course. Alice – A Virtual Theme Park does an excellent job of blending technical innovation with live theatre
Creation Theatre’s Alice: A Virtual Theme Park, a digital version of Wonderland, highlights just how possible it is to be as creative as possible but still retain the strength story.
So bizarre and unlikely is the story behind the creation of this play that one wonders whether writer Jonathan Holloway has time-travelled himself!
There’s even a cute section where viewers are encouraged to show off their pets. It’s these moments in particular which bring a smile to your face.
‘We’ the audience help with sound effects or stand-in for mysterious creatures or provide props but if you don’t want to get involved it is easy to ‘sit out’ and just watch. The interaction is fun.
Creation Theatre this month invited audiences to watch an interactive, virtual version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest – from the safety of their sofa.
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Creation Theatre’s The Tempest is well worth a trek to Oxford, especially for reluctant theatre-goers who might have given up on Shakespeare in the past.
As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Friday 26 July 2019, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock is heading to Oxford to take to the streets with Creation Theatre for an immersive Shakespeare. Got any questions?
This new adaptation of the Dracula hints at a darker future, performed brilliantly by a cast of two – the historic surroundings of the London Library adds an extra bit of magic to proceedings.
As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Friday 8 February 2019, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock reunites with Creation Theatre for their site-specific production of Dracula, spectacularly staged amongst the bookshelves at The London Library. Got any questions?
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