We are pleased to be able to announce that all the theatre shows that were due to be on stage in November will be livestreamed from the Theatre 1 stage during lockdown, with tickets for most shows available on a pay-what-you-decide basis.
The shows include the World Premiere of David Hoyle’s A Grand Auction of My Life, along with Javaad Alipoor’s The Believers Are But Brothers, Bert and Nasi’s The End and Beats and Elements’ High Rise eState of Mind.
Tickets for the streamed events are on sale now.
Following the Government announcement on Saturday that theatres were to close during a national lockdown, HOME put into actions plans to switch the shows to be available to an online audience. Each show will be filmed with strict Covid-19 protocols in place, ensuring the safety of the cast and crew.
Additionally, HOME will host a stream of Daniel Kitson’s Dot. Dot. Dot. which was conceived as an online show.
As well as moving the theatre shows online, HOME will be working with film distributors to make a curated selection of films available to watch from lower-case home, and using digital media to bring the three exhibitions with which the gallery had just reopened – Joy Yamusangie’s Blue Glass Fortunes, Nick Burton’s Our Plague Year and MSR FCJ’s Bubbling Pitch – to the HOME website.
HOME’s Director and CEO Dave Moutrey said: “We at HOME had gone to great lengths to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for our audiences when we reopened, and the feedback from visitors has been that they felt we had gone above and beyond in every way. Our team had worked tirelessly and we had been enjoying sold out, socially-distanced film screenings, had incredibly managed to bring live theatre back to the stage and had just this weekend reopened our gallery with three simultaneous exhibitions.
“While it is devastating to have to close again, we have always known this was a possibility, and so the team have incredibly been working to not only produce live events but also to always have a Plan B which would allow us to provide enriching, entertaining cultural experiences digitally until we can reopen again. That work is why we can make this announcement today that audiences will be able to experience all three of our artforms digitally during the lockdown.”
Conrad Murray, who was due to appear at HOME with High Rise eState of Mind, said: “When lockdown was announced it was absolutely gutting. I thought straight away about our performance at HOME. It was something that we had to look forward to, and we wanted to share our work with new audiences in Manchester. The upcoming performance was a ray of light amongst a lot of darkness this year. Like a lot of artists and performers, we hadn’t left our houses to perform for a long time.
“Now that it is still going ahead as a livestream is super exciting. We haven’t done anything like this before, so although things have changed we get to perform our work in front of audiences. And we get to do something that we haven’t done before.”
Booking for the livestreams will go live today, Tue 3 Nov.