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Lunchtime Talk
Fri 10 Dec 13:00-14:00 at Pervasive Media Studio Event Space

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A Love Letter to Zoom Theatre

In this lunchtime talk Artistic Director Stephanie Kempson reflects on the online productions her company Sharp Teeth Theatre created over the pandemic and the lessons she’s learnt trying to keep some theatre digital.

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Stephanie points joyfully at the sky as she performs onstage. There is a banner behind her that reads "Sharp Teeth Theatre" and the picture is a delicious mix of rich purples from the light, and golden yellow in Stephanie's outfit.

Stephanie Kempson

Stephanie is a writer and dramaturg working on PECo's City of Threads podcast series, she is also a theatre director.

We are delighted to announce the return of in person Lunchtime Talks! Our talks will now be both in the building and streamed live, so you can join us from the comfort of the Studio or the comfort of your own screen, in your own space. 

Capacity will be limited and we are asking people to book in for the talks, if you can. Please feel free to turn up on the day, although we can't guarantee there will be a space.

Book your free ticket here.

“You’re breaking up.” “You’re on mute.” “Your connection is unstable.” - Everyone on Zoom in 2020 

Over the pandemic Sharp Teeth Theatre created three online productions, which collectively played to over 30,000 people all over the world. In June 2020 they saw a murder mystery that made them really annoyed, and out of pure spite they decided to try their hand at creating something better. Their murder mystery productions Sherlock In Homes 1 and 2 (co-productions with The Wardrobe Theatre) received 5 stars in the Stage, and fabulous reviews from theatre critics and game critics. While their Interactive LGBTQ+ panto (a co-production with Tom Marshman and The Wardrobe Theatre) baffled reviewers and delighted a more local audience in lockdown 2. 

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During all these productions, the company got to know Zoom intimately, and loved taking interactive theatre into people’s homes. Artistic Director Stephanie Kempson has a chronic illness, and she realised during the pandemic that there were periods of time in her life where she’d very much like to see theatre from home, and that there was a significant number of people who felt the same. After opening their third online Murder mystery in November, Steph will be doing a lunchtime talk, sharing the lessons she’s learned from trying to keep some theatre digital after the lockdowns. She’s bringing along some of the creative team to explain why we should keep making digital theatre, and how we can make good interactive work.

Join us, on Friday 10th December at 1pm for the talk and to take part in the discussion afterwards. Come to the Studio, or join us on Youtube Live here.

The Studio is wheelchair accessible, and the events space has a hearing loop. The last talk of every month is BSL interpreted. 

*Please note this is a hybrid event and will be live streamed so please be aware you will be in the live broadcast and recording when watching in the Studio.

Address:
Watershed, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX

Directions:
The Lunchtime talks take place in the Pervasive Media Studio Event Space. To access the Studio, please go to the Main Watershed Box Office entrance and go upstairs to the Café Bar. Walk across the cafe bar, turn right and walk towards the double doors. Go through into the corridor and walk all the way down until you reach the Studio. A member of staff will sign you in, and check your ticket, if you have booked.


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