Royal & Derngate launches digital platform for audiences at home
Written by Chris Harris on May 12, 2020
Building upon the digital outreach they have produced since their venues were forced to close six weeks ago, Royal & Derngate has launched Royal & Derngate at home, a digital platform packed with creative content for audiences to watch, join in with and share from their homes. Showcasing all areas of the theatre’s broad programme, both on and off stage, Royal & Derngate at home is keeping audiences connected and creative while the building remains closed.
Since lockdown, Royal & Derngate’s Creative Learning team has transferred all of its work with young people and local communities online through the theatre’s at home platform. A mixture of free weekly workshops and resource packs are keeping over 200 people connected with live theatre skills workshops, videos and creative challenges specially designed to help all ages to feel less isolated. The team are continuing to work with local schools via at home and also as lead partner of the Northants Cultural Education Partnership which is providing career and backstage insights, fun creative activities and resources for schools and families schooling at home.
Meanwhile, the venue’s Our Stages at home strand launched a brand new digital musical #ZoologicalSociety by Vikki Stone and Katie Mulgrew, which has been enjoyed by more than 100,000 people and is available to stream for free, alongside other content from our Made in Northampton programme. Highlights include uproarious co-productions with resident company Spymonkey, Every Last Trick and The Complete Deaths, and specially narrated performances of popular children’s stories such as The Everywhere Bear.
Join in at home provides activities for all ages to take part in, including craft activities and free beginners yoga classes to stream each week. Other areas of the site include Filmhouse at home, Northampton Filmhouse’s weekly watch-along for audiences missing the shared experience of an auditorium; links to performances from our emerging performer’s scheme, Generate; back stage tours and more.
Royal & Derngate at home can be found here. The majority of the content on the site is free and being updated daily with new activities and watchable content.
While they remain closed, Royal & Derngate are asking audiences to support them through this challenging period. Every donation received helps secure the venue’s future and continue its work via Royal & Derngate at home to be a vital lifeline to those isolating or alone.