Theatre goes digital…
On 19 November 2014, theatres from across the UK and beyond will take part in the very first #LoveTheatre day on Twitter – here’s how you can get involved
On Wednesday 19 November, arts companies and cultural institutions from across the UK and beyond will come together to celebrate the very first #LoveTheatre day on Twitter, an online celebration of British, European and global theatre.
The 24-hour event – run in partnership by the Guardian Culture Professionals Network, Twitter UK and CultureThemes – is open to arts organisations, practitioners, artists, actors and audiences, but in particular, those working on the front and back-lines of our beloved theatres, big and small.
Why are we doing this? In a time of deep funding cuts, imbalances in funding and company closures, this initiative presents an opportunity for theatres to shout about the great work they do, reach wider audiences and make contacts and collaborate with other venues and stage companies from across the world. We want #LoveTheatre day to drive active engagement throughout the theatre community in the lead up to the busy festive season.
There will be one main hashtag (#LoveTheatre) to guide conversation throughout the day, with three smaller, sub-hashtags to highlight specific themes:
• #BackStage (10am-12pm) will offer audiences and other arts professionals a glimpse into how a production comes together in the weeks and months leading up to the big night.
• #AskATheatre (3-5pm) will offer a unique opportunity for theatre aficionados and aspiring actors to hear first-hand from the individuals and groups that make the magic happen.
• #Showtime (7-10pm) will give those who can’t make it to a theatre the chance to sit in the “virtual stalls” to experience the a performance, or several, via Twitter.
How to get involved
No matter your size, shape or where it is you’re from, we want you to join in, so sign up using this simple form. We will send out a packet of information telling you what to do next and how to prepare. As soon as you’ve signed up, don’t forget to tweet about your excitement for #LoveTheatre day, how others can join in and how you plan to get involved.
There will also be a webinar on Thursday 13 November to provide more details on how to take part and answer any questions you might have about the project – sign up here.
Simply share this page and encourage your local theatre, stage company or drama group to sign up – and don’t forget to follow the hashtags on the day for updates from your favourite theatres.
We’ll be hosting a live blog on the day to share the best tweets, images, insights and comments, so don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @GdnCulturePros for up-to-date info about the big day.
Original article: Introducing #LoveTheatre day
1. When/how did you discover your interest in Shibari?
I discovered my interest in Shibari and rope in general where most people my age find a lot of things these days, the Internet. I watched as someone was bound and suspended by these thin bits of rope that looked amazing. I got inspired to get into it myself, and I now jump at the chance to wield my rope.
2. Where do you get your inspiration for rope art?
I get my inspiration mostly from looking at photography of other rope artists’ work on Tumblr and the kinky/BDSM website Fetlife and dissecting the construction and emulating the concepts and making it my own to further push my own work.
3. What other bondage art do you practice?
I am currently trying to teach myself some Hojojitsu ties, but otherwise I tend to stick to the traditional forms of Shibari rather than using many western or western fusion techniques.
4. Do you also have a day job?
I do. I’m a security guard by day, bondage bear by night.
5. Tell me about your last Shibari gig?
My last shibari gig was a set of private lessons/workshops in Christchurch. I taught everyone from beginners who had only just picked up their rope, through to advanced riggers who were wanting to get into starting suspensions. It was an awesome way of sharing skills and passing on my love for rope.
6. Who would you like to tie up (with consent of course)?
Dita Von Teese would be at the top of my list for that. Other than her there are a few world renowned rope bottoms that I would love to work with such as Nina Russ or Danailya.
7. Any influences?
My biggest influences are other riggers whose work I like to admire for its aesthetics and complexity, such as International riggers like Aeolis Est, WykD Dave, Satomi and Esinem.
8. What is the most interesting thing about you?
I have a weird OCD where I have to sleep with feet dangling off the bed
9. What do you think of cosplay?
I think cosplay has come a very long way since I first started to watch anime. Between all of the conventions in America featuring some amazing cosplay shows, the emergence of professional cosplayers from all over the world helping to boost its profile to just dressing up as something you love (which is still awesome) and being an expression of how you feel that character can be represented, cosplay has developed its own, ever-growing following.
10. What makes you smile?
I’ve been told I get a bit of an evil grin whenever someone sees me working on one of my knives or am just holding anything sharp and pointy or on fire, does that count?
1.When did you discover your love of makeup?
I’ve always been quite artistic, but never the best painter, the best photographer etc etc. Something about makeup just clicks with me. Ever since I was about 13 – I knew that this was something I wanted.
2.Where do you get your inspiration?
Everywhere! From people’s faces on the street, different collections from my favourite designers. Things like Pinterest and Instagram have made it so much easier to gather information and images; if I’m ever feeling a bit uninspired I jump on one of those platforms and start scrolling.
3.What is your most memorable project you have ever worked on?
WHORE of course! I have had so much fun working with everyone involved, and I have become really passionate about the story behind the play. It is amazing to watch, and be a part of the transformation of the 6 different characters.
4.What is your go to product? The most essential item in your kit?
Probably a really good primer. I will never do a makeup without first properly prepping the skin. My favourite at the moment is a mixture of MAC Strobe Cream and Prep + Prime Natural Radiance.
5.Have you worked on other shows with charlatan clinic before?
Yes – I was involved with the WHORE project from the first show. It has been such a privilege to carry on with this play. Whore has a big future and I would love to continue to be a part of it.
6.Who would you really like to work with – name anyone?
I would love to assist or collaborate with Yolanda Bartram – a VERY talented body painter who runs Body FX. Body painting is a real passion of mine and Yolanda is one of the best.
7.What is the most important lesson you have learnt working with models/talent?
I think that it is really important to understand that you must be willing to step above and beyond your job description. You hold up towels while models are getting changed, you help photographers carry equipment, you spend hours cleaning brushes and stations, you stand in the pouring rain holding up umbrellas, you are a confident with the talent. However these are some of my favourite scenarios, because they make you feel a part of something bigger.
8.Do you have a favourite makeup or skincare brand ?
MAC is definately one of my favourite brands, because they are essentially made for makeup artists. But I do have a secret obsession with brands like Benefit and The Balm – the packaging is to die for!
9.What is your dream location to film/shoot?
Somewhere wild and crazy like.. on top of the Remarkables in winter, or in the middle of a desert.
10.What makes you smile?
Watching someones face as they look at themselves in the mirror after they have had their makeup done (or rather done well). Making people feel beautiful is the most rewarding aspect of what I do.
1. When did you discover photography and/or filmmaking?
Photography and the arts have been something I’ve grown up with. My paternal side of the family have been making a living in the creative industries one way or the other for generations. My great grandfather was Herbert Tornquist, who owned a successful portrait studio on Queen Street from the 1930’s and my uncle is Mark Brazier-Jones, internationally celebrated artist, master furniture and lighting designer.
On a personal level, I discovered film making at Music college when one of our assignments was to make a music video. the project earned me my best mark over the whole course. From there I eventually moved to NZ and went to Film School and from there got into photography.
2.Where do you get your inspiration?
I take my inspiration from wherever I can get it! It may be from a line of music, a throwaway comment someone made, a dream… anything that sends a train of thought running. More immediate forms of inspiration come from nature, the female form, architecture, engineering and music.
3.What is your most memorable still/footage you have ever taken?
A friend had organised for a male and female model to come in for a photoshoot in his home studio. We were both just starting out in photography and I’d been invited along as a laugh and for a bit of experience. The lighting was poor and all I had was my father’s old manual focus Nikon 50mm f.2. I wasn’t getting many great shots, but then I turned the colour profile in the camera onto black and white and all of a sudden I was getting amazing images that looked like a Calvin Klein advert. Looking back at it now, it’s pretty cringeworthy but it was at that point that I made a concerted effort to get as good as I can at the medium and improve the eye for composition and light.
4.How did you come up with the name ‘Four Eyes Media’?
There were originally three of us in the company and we couldn’t come up with a name that we all agreed on. Sitting together one night, my partner, Emma, pointed out that the only thing we all had in common was that the three of us wore glasses. By the time they left the company the name was already registered with the company register and so now I’m stuck with a name better suited to an optometrists.
5.Have you worked on other projects with charlatan clinic before?
I worked on Artefact Project and Motherlock/pURe double-bill.
6.Who would you really like to film/photograph – name anyone?
I’d like to find an ultimate muse that I can photograph over and over again and continually draw inspiration from. However, as that’s a fairly evasive answer to a well intentioned hypothetical question I would like to photograph Bjork.
7.What is the most important lesson you have learned taking pictures of people?
Getting to know your subject and putting them at ease can be the hardest aspects of a photoshoot. It is as much a skill as any technical aspect. Also maintaining professionalism throughout a shoot. Also, don’t make jokes as they can backfire, and never show a client unfinished work.
8.Do you prefer digital or Polaroid?
9.What is your dream location to film/shoot?
The Favella’s of Rio.
10.What makes you smile?
Accomplishment. Family and friends. Cats. Food. Booze.
Veronika fell in love with photography at school, when she discovered the art of developing black and white film – the rest is history. Being able to stop time and tell a story with an image, and be able to transfer this into a fantasy world.
1. When did you discover photography?
I discovered it at school. My first love was black and white images, and ever since then I have been addicted to photography.
2. Where do you get your inspiration?
From everywhere really: life, books, favourite artists, music.
3. What is your most memorable photo you have ever taken?
A photo of a girl having coffee for my school assignment, there was a look on her face that words can’t really describe – it felt like she was present, but not quite. And probably one of the media shots for WHORE, with Geraldine in the bath.
4. How did you come up with the name ‘Imagen’?
Imagen translates to ‘imagining images’, that’s what every photographer does really, imagination first then image.
5. Have you worked on other projects with ‘charlatan clinic’ before?
Yes, I helped photograph “Motherlock” and “Skintight”.
6. Who would you really like to photograph, name anyone?
This is a hard one… but it would be a dream to work Gwen Stefani, Kate Moss, Karl Lagerfield. I would love to travel through South America/Africa and take photos of the native people- the list is endless.
7. What is the most important lesson you have learnt about taking pictures of people?
It’s important to get to know them a little bit, so they feel comfortable in front of the camera and we are not complete strangers. I like to joke with people so they relax, or maybe tell them a story. It’s important to encourage and tell them that they doing a great job. As a photographer, you need to be able to direct people so that you can achieve your vision, and sometimes it can be hard to communicate this with words only, so it helps to show your ideas on paper or visual references.
8. Do you prefer digital or Polaroid?
Digital, but I would never say no to Polaroid.
9. What is your dream location to shoot?
PARIS of course.
10. What makes you smile?
Beautiful things, family, friends, travelling, sunshine, surfing, day-dreaming, music, art, yoga, dancing and margaritas. The list goes on!