BBC announces ‘Culture in Quarantine’ festival1:49, 23rd March 2020
In response to theatre closures, the BBC will be streaming performances straight to living rooms across the UK.
Including pre-recorded performances of productions, such as Mike Bartlett’s Albion and Emma Rice’s Wise Children, performances of new plays especially written for broadcast and readings of poetry and books, the BBC’s ‘Culture in Quarantine’ festival will ‘help keep the nation informed, educated and entertained.’
Performances will be broadcast on BBC2, BBC4, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4, as well as on digital platforms. Radio 4 will broadcast plays from its archive and BBC Sounds will allow users to stream modern podcast dramas. Other programmes such as exercises classes, educational resources for children and classical concerts will also be included as part of the festival’s offering.
BBC director of arts Jonty Claypole said, ‘As a public service organisation, [the BBC] has always aimed to be more than a broadcaster but a stage, gallery and cultural platform in everybody’s homes.
‘We will also be offering jewels from the archive, ensuring that new theatre and dance performances will join with modern classics to create a repertory theatre of broadcast.’
To find out more visit, www.bbc.co.uk