Stagey Fun From Home
With everyone missing theatre I thought it would be a good idea to look at all of the stagey fun from home you can have to keep yourselves from going too stir crazy.
1) Watch Theatre at Home
The first obvious stagey thing you can do from home is tune into the numerous theatrical screenings. There are so many that I won’t even try to go into them but I’ve got a whole article with over 30 of them listed. You can check out the full list here or children’s theatre here.
There are loads of stagey podcasts to check out but here are some of my favourites:
- All That Scratch – This is run by All That Productions and it features new musical theatre writing recorded Live at The Other Palace. It gives new musicals and emerging artists a stage to present their work for development and feedback. I went a live recording (pre-lockdown) and loved it so I thoroughly recommend the Podcast.
- The Show People Podcast – This podcast interviews someone new each episode and covers industry news, issues as well as things to see and do.
- The 98% – This is described as a Podcast by actors for actors and looks at what life is really like for them.
- Piece by Piece – This is a brand new Podcast by Pint of Wine Theatre Company. They release a new podcast every 2 weeks and features a panel of actors and creative team members for that show. The most recent episode focuses on the show Carousel and previous episodes have looked at Guys and Dolls and Oklahoma. The next episode is West Side Story.
- MusicalTalk – This is a weekly podcast which brings you news, views, interviews and more with a focus on musical theatre and film.
- Theatre Club Podcast – This is a podcast where a group of friends discuss theatre over cocktails. They review theatre and create cocktails inspired by theatre!
3) Online Classes
There are so many online classes at the moment – from singing classes to so many different styles of dance. I’ve dedicated a whole article to this so check that out!
The British Nation has gone pub quiz mad! On my Facebook feed I have a couple of live quizzes and I’ve also got some online quizzes on here. However it isn’t just me that has been running quizzes, clearly setting a trend the National Theatre has announced that on the last Monday of every month they will be running a quiz at 7pm. They will be hosted by some pretty big celebrities such as Dame Helen Mirren and Sir Ian McKellen. They can be found on their Facebook page and topics will include history, literature and of course theatre.
Joining the National Theatre (and myself of course) with online quizzes is West End Wilma who is running a stagey quiz night on Sunday 26th April at 8pm via zoom. Visit their website to sign up.
On top of that The Other Palace and All That Scratch team have teamed up again to bring you their second musical theatre quiz of lockdown. I joined in the first one and it was great fun. The second one is on the 18th May and you can sign up via their website.
5) Stagey Colouring In
I have come across 2 accounts that do wonderful stagey themed colouring in. Check out The Stagey Couple here for their free templates including one dedicated to Six and Colouring Broadway who have a huge selection of different show themed colouring in. Colouring Broadway ones are around $10. Not only is it stagey but colouring in is therapeutic as well!
6) Spotify Playlist Fun
I can’t actually take the credit for this idea! I am in a WhatApp chat with fellow theatre fans and one of my friends from the group came up with this fab idea. Once a week a new Spotify Playlist is set up with a theme. Each person in the chat has to choose 2 songs that fit with the theme and they are added to the playlist. Between 2 set times we all listen to the playlist and vote for our favourite song on the playlist. You then all vote for your favourite song and the winner with the most votes chooses the theme for next week. Our most recent theme was Villains and ‘Someone Gets Hurt’ from Mean Girls was the winning song.
7) Getting a Sneak Peak Into Your Favourite West End Stars Life
With all of the performers in lockdown many of them have more time for social media, whether that’s via interview or via their Instagram stories. Their Insatgram Stories range from a performances from their home to seeing what they are up to when they aren’t on stage. I’ve tried to include a variety of some of my favourite West End performers Instagram accounts. They are –
- Jodie Steele – @jodiesamsteele
- Matthew Rowland – @matthewjamesrowland
- Steph Parry – @thatStephParry
- Sophie Isaacs – @sophie_isaacs_uk
- Layton Williams – @laytonwilliams
- Natalie Paris – @Nataliemayparis
- Dannielle Steers – @misssteers
- Luke Bayer – @lukebayer
- Kerry Ellis – @kerryellis70
- Brandon Lee Sears – @Brandonleesears
- David Breeds – @david_breeds
8) Check Out Theatres Across The World Online
I love this little discovery. Through google arts and culture you can step inside 11 theatres across the world. This includes The Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow where you can go behind the scenes in it’s costume department, The Theatro Municipal, Sao Paulo including a view backstage, have an outside tour of the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, explore one of the stages in the Sydney Opera House and for fans of Phantom of The Opera tour the stage or check out the view from the rood at the Paris Opera House. View all of these here.
If you like looking at beautiful theatres then on the Minnack Theatres Facebook page they have put up a walk from the dressing rooms to the back of the circle. It has some beautiful views and can be found here. The Minnack also has some videos on their Facebook about their gardens and other content which is interesting to watch.
9) Join West End Stars and Composers In Their Singing Challenges
There are a couple of stagey singing challenges doing the rounds.
The first is down to Andrew Lloyd Webber. After the screening of Phantom of The Opera and following his weekly sing-a-longs around his piano he set a challenge of asking his followers to make up your their cadenza at the end of ‘Think of Me’. His favourite will be performed by Christine the night that Phantom reopens on Broadway and The West End. He currently has 3.4k comments in response to this post so it looks like the competition is on!
Elaine Paige has posted on twitter (@elaine_paige) asking the public to be her duet partner (Barbara Dixon) for I Know Him So Well. Record yourself singing along with her and then tweet her – you never know she may reply!!!
10) Read A Play or A Musical Script
Sometimes being stagey doesn’t have to involve jazz hands sometimes curing up with a book can still keep the stageyness (is that a word?!) going.
Theatrical Rights Worldwide have said that they are ‘pleased to offer, at no cost, our entire digital script perusal library. Every title, every show is now available to you free of charge.’ They have over 100 titles free! Just visit this link.
MTI have also got a lot of free reads. This includes the scripts for Company, Little Miss Sunshine, American Idiot, The Bridges of Madison County, Bonnie and Clyde, Something Rotten and many many more. Visit their website here to access them.
I hope you have enjoyed all of these suggestions of stagey fun from home. Do let me know if you have any other ideas!