Press Release: November 11, 2020
The South Devon Players Theatre & Film Company, are steadfastly remain active through the Covid crisis, creating virtual theatre productions, as well as planning for the future.
The creation of digital theatre is a response to the Covid19 pandemic meaning that it ranges from unsafe to illegal to perform traditional venue-based theatre. While the Players will return to normal theatre performance as soon as practicable and safe for both cast and crew, in line with the current government guidance, they feel it very important to keep working and creating in the interim.
The theatre company was founded in the winter of 2005-2006, to create professional paid work for local actors in the south Devon (UK) area, centering on our hometown of the fishing port of Brixham. Specialising primarily in historical and classical dramas, the company has won several regional, national and international awards over the years for its work, and a growing international following.
When the pandemic happened, the company decided to find a way to continue working, as opposed to temporarily closing, and began developing digital theatre. With the actors working from home, and running digital backdrops, cross screen choreography and blocking, the company are continuing to create full drama shows, and broadcasting them online through the company website, www.southdevonplayers.com with an ongoing lineup of shows, where audiences all over the world can enjoy the shows which remain online for a minimum or 48 hours to reach people in all timezones. Actors and crew are involved from across the UK, as well as from Ireland.
The cast & crew can earn equal shares of whatever is made from the online performances ticket sales (every penny goes to the actors and crew).
This work will continue until such time as it is safe to return to the traditional stage.
The South Devon Players Theatre and Film Company, are developing a proud tradition of creating world-class historical and classical dramas. In 2019, their production of Macbeth, was booked for a second tour and won an international theatre award in New York for its professionalism and creativity. Laura Jury, the director of that production of Macbeth, & many of the Player's shows, and founder of the theatre company, has returned to lead this new project. Laura has also recently been selected to appear in an online Shakespeare project by the Globe Theatre.
The South Devon Players were founded in the winter of 2005-6, on the proceeds of a carboot sale, to create professional opportunities for local actors, and has flourished ever since; previously winning national and regional arts awards, including the national Epic Award 2017 for England, a national arts award celebrating creativity and innovation in grassroots arts. Based in Brixham, the Players primarily specialise in researched historical theatre productions and old “Classics”.
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