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Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update:

Please see the news page for our full Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update. Following advice ISLAND Arts Centre is temporarily pausing venue-based activities until further notice - we will continue to monitor the evolving situation to determine when we will re-open. We will update this message, via the News page of our website, and our social media channels.  Read more

The Show most definitely must go ON-line

The stages maybe dark but the arts and entertainment sector are determined to brighten people’s lives during Coronavirus.  

Can’t go to the theatre?  Let the theatre come to you.  Bag the best seats in the house and watch the finest theatre and dance productions on offer without leaving the safety and comfort of your own home.  Rather than list individual productions we are providing centralised signposts.  brighten the lives of our audience members even while our stage is dark

  • Many producers and companies are making their work available to watch online. The Stage is providing rolling coverage of theatre’s response to coronavirus and is updating this list of theatres streaming daily. 
  • Enjoy live-streams of new plays to classics from the archive, with The Guardian Online.  It is updating its page daily with some of the top shows online now or coming soon.  The publication is also offering updates on classical music and opera livestreams.  New York's Metropolitan Opera for example is offering free digital shows every night at 7:30 p.m.
  • All the Web's a Stage an online initiative from Theatre Together, a new collective of over 50 artists and professionals, live stream acts from around the UK. All funds raised supports those in the arts facing hardship because of the Coronavirus pandemic.  Follow Theatre Together on Twitter (@TheatreTogether), Facebook (/TheatreTogether) and Instagram (@theatre_together) for updates.
  • Culture Whisper is another excellent resource for keeping you up to date with the changing ways to connect and consume culture while on lockdown. 
  • Check out The British Council who is also sharing a list of theatre and dance performances you can access online.  
  • Some of its listed highlights include:
  • Live Stream Archive :  a digital archive of small scale theatre, mixing established artists with emerging artists, solo work with ensemble work, experimental with more traditional.
  • National Theatre at Home - every Thursday at 7pm UK time.
  • Our House to Your House: Royal Opera House is offering a schedule of free broadcasts and live content via the ROH social media channels  
  • Sadler's Wells Digital Space : a programme of full length dance-performances and workshops online to keep you entertain and connected through dance.
  • Closer to home Lyric Theatre, Belfast is screening past productions including Peter Pan the Musical.  To lift spirits and support freelance artists, Tinderbox has launched ‘Solo Art’, to showcase new ranging from drawings, songs, poem, video performances to choreography. While the Abbey Theatre in Dublin has commissioned 50 writers to create 50 one-actor pieces that reflect Covid-19 crisis.  
  • Digital platforms like Marquee are offering free trials so that you can see whether it’s something you’d want to watch on a more regular basis. 
  • All the world’s a stage: explore 11 dramatic virtual tours of some of the most iconic theatre, concert halls and opera stages from around the world via Google Arts & Culture