Amanda. Twenty-one. Actor, Director, Dancer, Sometimes-Writer, Cynical member of the Retail Complex. The life goal is to kick ass and take names, and look awesome while doing it.
To OKCupid user notacreeperyo: you are a creeper, and my name is not “you”. It is late and I almost fell asleep before you messaged me. Therefore, you are the worst.
if the broadway and theatre community dislikes bootlegs so much and don’t want people filming their shows they need to work on making theatre a more accessible form of media by filming shows professionally because you know they talk a lot about being a very open welcoming community but don’t do anything to make that community welcoming to people who can’t afford to see shows or people who live in rural areas and are literally unable to attend shows at all
The worst part? Over the last few years, most Broadway and some off-Broadway venues have started filming performances more consistently for archival purposes. But I’m guessing you’re referring primarily to the American theatre community? Because I know for a fact that recently access to English theatre (mostly West End and off-West End performances) have started becoming more readily available.
There is also a lot of experimental theatre that you can find online in databases. All of them require some form of payment, unfortunately. And I’ll be honest, I learned about a lot of them while in college; if you’re in uni right now, definitely ask your library about any databases that would have this kind of thing for students because there’s nothing better than having tons of access to classic plays to see online.
Alexander Street Theatre in Video (usually some older productions, but I have definitely seen recent productions of plays at the Globe before)
OnTheBoards.tv (which has a lot of dance, mostly, but is an all around awesome database because there is a lot of new work)
Opera on Video
Dance on Video
Digital Theatre (a lot of recent productions from the West End. You can rent or buy productions, and it’s got a lot of cool stuff there)
Great Performances on PBS is also a great resource. It’s free to watch, and though it’s primarily dance and opera occasionally some plays and musicals are featured.
There are also a lot of specific productions (e.g. Peter Brook’s production of Hamlet with the Centre de Recherche) that have been film and released on DVD. It’s more or less about doing research on this kind of thing.
Tours! Theatre tours, particularly in the U.S., are becoming more extensive. For example, I live in a large city, but its theatre community is nearly nonexistent. It the city’s local college didn’t sponsor the broadway tours in the region, I can guarantee it wouldn’t be coming. Just like the lack of audiences here stopped the streaming of NTLive productions in my city (I now have to drive two hours to see a National Theatre production. Guess who has no car, no money, and no ability to drive. Me, that’s who.)
This list is by no means extensive (it’s not meant to be, and it doesn’t even begin to mention that if you’re near a theatre that you almost always can volunteer or set up an appointment to view the archives for research purposes).
As an actress who somewhat intentionally (and through some necessity at this point) sticks to stage work, I’m on the fence about filming productions, but leaning toward the filming and distribution of productions. My reticence comes from the knowledge that the theatre community simultaneously struggles financially and culturally at all levels.
Financially, for obvious reasons: the theatre has struggled naturally as film becomes a more accessible and profitable art form for both film-creators and film audiences. This struggle increased (at least in America, which is the context through which I talk about this) following (essentially) the end of government support for theatre arts in 1983 and later following the most recent economic recession.
Culturally, there’s a sentiment in those who study theatre that theatre is only truly theatre when there is a tangible audience (and there were times when one could definitely feel that as true) and that sentiment interferes with the notion of film wherein the audience doesn’t need to be tangible for film to exist. On stage, you can hear theatregoers cough and sneeze and laugh and cry and those things affect your performance (or they should, anyway).
In either case, it’s made it really difficult for the theatre community to adapt to multimedia (have you seen a show successfully incorporate cell phones without being a weird prop thing? I know, I’ve done it, and it’s a weird clunky thing that I’m forced to notice about my work). Shows that include a lot of multimedia (Ghost the Musical, Spiderman the Musical, and more often than not a lot of productions of Anne Zeigler’s Life Science, for example) are often seen as gimmicks, despite an effort to truly incorporate them into the narrative.
One reason is very sound: without the proper financial resources, they don’t have the means to properly film quality versions of their productions, but that is something that applies more to smaller theatres. The other reason makes way to a willful and arguably classist/elitist detachment from the masses, which is primarily Broadway’s problem but also is pretty widespread in the theatre community.
More than anything, the real solutions to the lack of accessibility is always to create more work and working with different people and entities to advocate for widespread access to theatre. Otherwise, it will not happen, and theatre will remain as something for the upper classes and the academics which totally defeats the original purpose of theatre.
And that, my friends, is a tragedy Shakespeare himself couldn’t predict.
I love how so many parents and teachers are still convinced that kids don’t want to go to school because they don’t like learning. It’s like no you dipshits it’s because high school environments are fucking toxic and make kids want to off themselves stop degrading their intelligence and blaming it on the kids when IT ISN’T THEIR FAULT.
It’s also pretty convenient how blind they are to the fact that all that stuff you just mentioned is true.
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I’ve taken to making large batches of edible cookie dough for I can have dessert/a snack after dinner on my days off and let me tell you it’s kind of great.
And tonight is another pasta night because I’m broke and pasta and cookie dough are on the top of the list of things I can make from ingredients in the tiny kitchen until payday descends upon me tomorrow.
I’m a bill-paying adult, everyone.
i dreamt i watched a couple of dr who episodes from i think tennant’s tenure and had a good time and i woke up shivering in despair
That’s pretty much the reaction that a lot of people have watching Doctor Who now, honestly.
Hi I’m Amanda I get tired and go to sleep at 10 because despite being only 21 I’m actually 71.
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