Feeling like this year has sucked a bit of magic out of the summer? Perhaps after all that home-schooling, some of the little (and older) ones could do with some energising, phantasmic entertainment? Well, ready those special magic words, hold on tight and prepare to be astonished at the wizardry of Magic Gareth Live.
Despite the Edinburgh Festival Fringe taking a hiatus for 2020, that’s no reason not to conjure up your own magic with Gareth! Direct from your home, there’s now the chance to become your very own ‘virtual magician’s assistant’, without even leaving your Pjs. Take your place in a new Magic Circle live on Zoom with up to fifty other guests as you all try to figure out the sorcery before you.
No stranger to the digital medium of performance, and while other acts are still finding their footing with the change in scenery, Gareth has already hosted over 300 live virtual shows to tremendous appreciation and enjoyment. Magic Gareth has been crafted with a whole hat full of tricks, illusions and secrets which have been specifically designed with the viewers in mind.
Spellbinding the nation from August 2nd, Magic Gareth will be hosting his virtual events each morning at 11 am each day until August 9th.
Congratulations are in order for emerging Scottish theatre & film production company Interabang Productions, who will soon be celebrating their 1st anniversary. Marking the occasion in the best possible way, the team will be launching SceneToSeen – a digital series of new writing monologues and duologues created in isolation, all finished and edited to the highest quality.
Premiering on July 2nd at 7 pm, ‘Permanent Scar’ will launch the series of six weekly videos, all streamed live from Facebook. Written by Rachel Flynn, who also produces for Interabang Productions, Permanent Scar stars River City’s Cameron Fulton delivering a monologue, directed & edited by Ryan Dewar. The following videos, roughly eight-ten minutes each, will premiere the following weeks on Interabang’s Facebook.
Other notable creatives confirmed to produce content for the series include Karen Bartke, James Rottger, Helen Mackay, Jordan Crammond, Kirsty May Hamilton, Benjamin Storey and Isla Robertson.
With what is already shaping up to be a comprehensive, dynamic event filled with imagination, ingenuity and heart, it’s a promising anniversary to set up Interabang for another spectacular year following previous successes Being Liza, Toast, and the recent online piece for Durham Gala Onstage – The Boy & The Seahorse (if you want to gain an idea of how brilliant these people are, check out our reviews for them).
Each video will also come with captions for accessibility, including one piece which is performed using British Sign Language (BSL). Recognising the difficulties countless numbers across our industry face, with little (or no) hopes of funding or support, any donations to aid in continuing the skill and merit of these creatives can be sent via Paypal – www.paypal.me/weareinterabang
Originally set to take place in Edinburgh’s magnificently vibrant arts space Summerhall, Screen.Dance, Scotland’s Festival of Dance on Screen, will shift to an online format – presenting a digital programme from Friday 19th – Saturday 20th June. Drawing together dancers, choreographers, artists, film producers and musicians, the event will showcase work across the nation and beyond, forging unity from the local to national and international artists.
Seeking to create a hybrid of enriched cinema, intersecting movement with image, this festival (unique to Scotland) presents a programme of forty-two short films which from across the globe, with a focus on movement & dance. More than a simple series of curated pieces of choreography, films will hone on the discussions, debates, and conversations on the relationships between filmmaking, dance, activism, and social justice with a programme traversing gender, race, disability and social, economic and political issues.
Hosted by The Works Room Glasgow and the European maPs project from Paris, Screen.Dance will be streaming programmes located in a specific area of their website, with presentations and films beginning from 11 am, Friday 19th June. With support from Film Hub Scotland, the festival will include two world premieres; Navigation by Marlene Millar and Floor Falls by Abby Warrilow, and Jennifer Patterson; a newly commissioned one-minute dance film supported by Creative Scotland.
On the subject of the festival, Screen.Dance Festival Artistic Director Simon Fildes said:
“It’s been so exciting to be able to work with the team at Summerhall, and move the apt genre of Screen.Dance, online. We are incredibly honoured to bring together work from Scotland and the UK, alongside work from countries such as Canada, China, India, and the USA; connecting award-winning artists and audiences to dance and digital...
Alongside films, presentations and discussions, we are delighted to have been able to commission work under the new one minute Screen.Dance commissioning scheme, produced by the company GO/AT, showcasing our commitment to supporting Scottish artists to make high quality work that can be exhibited in a competitive international platform showcase.”
Additionally, Screen.Dance Associate Curator Iliyana Nedkova discussed the programmes representation and variety in genre:
“We are so excited to be continuing to curate and programme work across the Screen.Dance genre – bringing together incredible artists, choreographers, dancers, film-makers and musicians...
We are proud that the two world premieres this year make up the fact that the programme sees 50:50 gender representation, as we continue to push to bring a mix of artists from across fields into the spotlight.”
For more information, including access to the full programme & films please visit Screen Dance: www.screen.dance