Below, you’ll find links to theatrical shows that you can enjoy at home. There’s an ecclectic mix of old and new, audio and video. Many are free to watch, but if you have any cash to spare, please consider donating to the theatre venue or company.

Rose | Hope Mill Theatre | Thu 10 - Sat 12 Sep | £9.50

Maureen Lipman stars as a woman shaped by the 20th century. Through monologue, she offers an intimate and humorous account of her life, including her childhood in Russia, time in the Warsaw ghetto, and retirement in Florida. Streaming Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Tickets are £9.50.

USER NOT FOUND | Dante or Die | From Thu 10 Sep

Premiering on Thursday 10 September, this immersive video podcast looks at what happens to our online identities after we die. It explores the ethics of digital ownership, public and private grief, and the shifting notions of community. The play is designed to be experienced on a smartphone with headphones.

Traverse Festival | Ongoing | £5

An important Edinburgh Fringe venue, the Traverse Theatre has launched its own permanent ‘digital stage’ and extended its online programme throughout the rest of the year. Available to enjoy this week are several audio plays and a short film. A festival pass (£5 – £21) is required.

The B-Side | The Wooster Group | Until Mon 14 Sep

A long-established American theatre company, the Wooster Group uses technology to create postmodern works. This sparsely staged piece features just three performer-singers and a turntable. They interpret the work songs and spirituals from an old compilation album titled “Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons”. Available until next Monday.

This Beautiful Virtual Village | Abbey Theatre | Until Thu 17 Sep | €5

An Irish Times Award-winning play, it has been adapted for Zoom. Going online to complain about offensive graffiti, six residents of a quiet Dublin suburb confront their pride and prejudice, in this witty look at what it means to co-exist. Tickets are €5. Available until Thu 17 Sep.

Missing People | Leeds Playhouse | Ongoing

Sakiko is introducing her British fiancé to her parents in Japan. She has to break the news that they’ll be moving away to London together. However, something isn’t right. Her mother is acting strangely, her father is gone for hours, and a mysterious figure waits in the garden.

Play Reading Club | Hope Mill Theatre, Ancoats | Fri 25 Sep | 11am | Pay What You Feel

Why simply be a passive watcher of theatre when you can join in with a script readthrough? The next event is on Fri 25 Sep, at 11am – 1pm. Upon booking, you’ll receive a copy of the script and a Zoom link. Tickets are ‘Pay What You Feel’.

Where I Go | BBC Culture In Quarantine | Ongoing

An intimate portrait of a woman living with a rare synaesthetic medical condition. Her pain is so intense that she can see and hear it but she wonders if she can ever communicate to others how she experiences the world. Wear headphones to fully experience the sound design.

The Very Error Of The Moon | Leaphia Darko & HOME | Ongoing | Pay What You Can

Part of the venue’s Homemakers series, the piece interweaves animation, film footage, and the orchestration of everyday sound. Using Othello as a creative starting point, it looks at the costs of being ‘othered’ from the perspective of a Black British millennial. Tickets are ‘Pay What You Can’.

These Folk | The Boulevard Theatre | Ongoing

A completely improvised performance, it even has folk-inspired songs that were created in the moment. The cast are alumni of the acclaimed improv comedy musical ‘Showstopper’. Before the dark times, the group were booked play the Edinburgh Fringe, with a potential UK tour to follow.

Mon 7 Sep - Sun 20 Sep
A. James Simpkin
Published on:
Tue 8 Sep 2020