World Theatre Day 2021

Celebrated annually on 27th March, World Theatre Day is a great excuse to embrace all varieties of theatre. Like us, we’re sure that many of you are missing attending plays and shows in person. With theatres and cinemas closed, we’ve resorted to streaming live theatre from the comfort of our homes or subscribing to streaming channels to get our fix of film and drama. Whether you’re a drama or film student, or simply enjoy musicals and Shakespeare in your free time, we hope you’ll find these resources of use to you.

A sepia photograph featuring five female students in costume. One on the left is in a flowing white gown, crouched next to another student with a long beard. The other three students are standing and dressed in black, one in the forefront with what appears to be a fake sword.
From the University Archive, a student production of King Lear c. early 1890s
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Friendship Books

I’m sure it’s not just me whose main experience of seeing friends over the past year has been squinting at screens, hoping the broadband holds and occasionally having to shout, “you’re on mute!” Things that were once regular occurrences – meeting up with friends for a drink or popping over to their house for a takeaway – now seem both distant, barely tangible memories and faraway, exciting hopes. And yet, imagine we had not been able to see friends on video calls, to text and email them over the past year. There seems little doubt that technology has, for many of us, eased some of the feelings of isolation the pandemic is causing. Even just a decade or two ago, the experience of living through a global pandemic would have been very different.

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