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Top theatre videos for September 2013

Posted on 20 September 2013 by Jake Orr

Who has been producing the best theatre videos and trailers in September so far? See below for another roundup fresh from YouTube and Vimeo. As always you can see the full list on our YouTube Channel, and don’t forget to add links to your own favourite videos in the comment section.

Theatre Videos

1. HAG by The Wrong Crowd

Technically this video has been around longer than just September but as Bristol Old Vic has uploaded it onto its YouTube Channel it deserves a feature. Atmospheric, good editing and a sinister voice over, HAG wowed A Younger Theatre during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and is clear the production values travel far, as this trailer demonstrates for its tour.

2. Sex Cells at Riverside Studios

Wow. Sometimes videos just make you stop and say “wow”. Sex Cells, soon to play at Riverside Studios, has a fantastic video trailer that is energetic, cheeky and shot with perfection. The close-up shots and quick editing means we never lose interest, and the voice over is certainly seductive. The trailer makes you want to find out more, it has a hook, and that makes you want to visit the Riverside Studios website to find out more; exactly what a trailer should make you do.

3. Sweeney Todd at West Yorkshire Playhouse

It’s not the first time West Yorkshire Playhouse has featured in our roundup of the top theatre videos. This one for its version of Sweeney Todd is a great showcase for the music within the production. It’s simple and atmospheric, and whilst it could have used a little voice over or a closeup of the Demon Barber, it does well on its on.

4. Contortionist travels by tube... by Sadler’s Wells

Sadler’s Wells is hosting a series of videos as part of its campaign for Cirque Éloize’s ID when it comes to London. This video demonstrates how, tongue-in-cheek, a contortionist can travel on a packed train. Oh, if only it was that easy for those of us getting the morning tubes in London. An imaginative and funny campaign. Check out the other videos too.

5. London Stories by Battersea Arts Centre

Anyone who follows these roundups often will notice that there is always one video that gets included because it has an emotional value attached. Offer a video with good music, a nice narrative and good camera shots, and you’re onto something. Such is the case for Battersea Arts Centre’s video for its festival of one-on-one encounters with Londoners in London Stories. This video tugs at the emotions.

6. All’s Well That Ends Well by Dusthouse and The RSC

Shakespeare is a funny beast to film. You either go for the epic extremes of what the play is trying to get across, or you attempt to do something much more intimate. In this video, produced by Dusthouse for the Royal Shakespeare Company, there is an intimacy and engrossing quality to this scene from All’s Well That Ends Well. Perhaps it’s the quality of production or the casting that sucks you into this scene, but whatever it is, Dusthouse really does video trailers with a splash of eloquence. Shakespeare isn’t the easiest to promote, but I’m certainly hooked.

Jake Orr

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Jake is the Artistic Director and Founder of A Younger Theatre. He is a freelance writer and blogger, a theatre marketer and a digital producer. He is also Co-Curator of Dialogue.

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Top Theatre Videos for June and July 2013

Posted on 07 July 2013 by Jake Orr

Selected for your viewing pleasures are some of the top theatre videos from June and July. We’ve tried to get a mixture of videos for you to watch, and, conscious that not everyone has a budget for trailer making, there might even be a few surprises too. Don’t forget to see the full playlist on our YouTube Channel, and follow the Theatre Thought Blog to see the best videos from previous months.

Theatre Videos

The top videos are…

1. Islington Community Theatre’s Brainstorm

This video from Islington Community Theatre’s production of Brainstorm is not just about giving an insight into the play, but also into the shape and heart of the company itself. Working with young people, I’m always surprised at the creative energy that crackles from this company. Brainstorm looks like an open wound, delivered from the experiences of young people and presented with creative honesty and excitement: watch and marvel.

 

2. Shakespeare’s Globe and Dust House’s A Summer Hamlet

What I love about Shakespeare’s Globe and Dust House’s trailer for A Summer Hamlet is the sense of fun and play that takes place between actors as they tour a production. The documentary takes a look behind the cast and crew as they tour Hamlet around the UK. They clearly have a lot of fun, and with some brilliant camera-work there’s a real sense of capturing something unseen to normal audience’s eyes.

 

3. Toneelgroep Amsterdam’s La Voix Humaine 

Here’s a trailer from a more international company than those featured in the rest of this roundup. Amsterdam’s Toneelgroep presents its take on Cocteau’s La Voix Humaine (The Human Voice), where a woman attempts to talk to a lover on the phone but is continually cut off (sound familiar?). I’m always intrigued by international work, and this take on Cocteau’s 1927′s play looks and feels distinct. Now to just see the rest of the show…

 

4. Faro Productions’s The Young Trailer, 24:7 Theatre Festival

This is my first introduction to the 24:7 Theatre Festival in Manchester, and there’s something about this trailer that just gets me intrigued. I guess the theory with theatre trailers is from being intrigued you’ll want to find out more and then, oh yes, a ticket purchase, but for now (and my London location) I’ll stay intrigued. Check out the festival though, giving better access and inspiring talent to Manchester.

5. Glasshouse by The Honest Crowd

It’s just a normal dinner party between friends, right? Apparently not, as this trailer shifts from the normal chitter-chatter of dinner talk to absurd interactions and eating. If this is the experience of the audience, then I want in. Good production values given this is an emerging company. Good imagery, good concept, but is the show good? You’ll have to head to the Battersea Arts Centre to find out.

 

6. Iris Theatre’s Julius Ceasar

We’ve been hearing good things about Iris Theatre with its shows taking over the church in Covent Garden, and it clearly means to make an impression as this video trailer for their production of Julius Caesar shows…

 

8. Arts Council England – A Credit To Britain

This will be the first time that we’ve featured the videos of Arts Council England, the body that supports a lot of the arts within the UK. This video, showing the impact that the arts have, is a timely response to the funding cuts and squeezing of budgets. Be inspired by what investment in the arts can achieve, and remember why we work in this industry.

 

9. Idle Motion’s Borges and I

Perhaps it’s the music or the books that fly through the air that captivate me in this video for Idle Motion’s show, but whatever it is, I adore it. Just watch, and then book a ticket at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

10. Belarus Free Theatre’s Trash Cuisine

Last on our list comes this video from Belarus Free Theatre. It’s not the most enthralling video ever made, but the company’s work outside its country (in which they are banned from performing work) reminds us that the freedom we have within the UK is one to be celebrated and cherished.

Seen a video not included in our roundup? Leave a comment below or tweet us.

Jake Orr

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Jake is the Artistic Director and Founder of A Younger Theatre. He is a freelance writer and blogger, a theatre marketer and a digital producer. He is also Co-Curator of Dialogue.

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Top Theatre Videos for April 2013

Posted on 24 April 2013 by Jake Orr

Rounding up the best theatre videos from a month isn’t always easy. Trailers are top of the marketing departments must have for productions and their venues which means there are a lot to choose from. In this collection of videos for April the selection is more diverse and shows how some companies are keeping it simple for maximum impact. As always see the full list on A Younger Theatre’s YouTube Channel or see the February and March Top Theatre Videos post.

Theatre Videos

1. The Arches: Behaviour Festival 2013

Kicking off the April list comes this pulsating video from Glasgow venue The Arches for their Behaviour Festival. It’s not easy to compile all the shows into a video but they’ve achieved this with a bit of guts. The music, montage of videos and text make for a electric trailer that gives the quality of the Behaviour Festival a visual identity  It’s not often a video makes you want to jump on a train to experience a festival, The Arches have done well.

 

2. Theatre of the Damned: The Ghost Hunter

If The Arches showed that a video could be pulsing, Theatre of the Damned show that sometimes a video needs a good piece of music and some trippy visuals to get the creative juices pumping. In this 1 minute video we learn very little about the production of The Ghost Hunter, but boy does it make us want to dance. Retro meeting old school.

 

3. Sadler’s Wells: Some Like It Hip Hop

You’d expect that an organisation like Sadler’s Wells would produce some slick dance videos, but as they prove in their Some Like It Hip Hop – It’s a Man’s World video a held hand camera and some filming across London can create an amusing video. What makes this video enjoyable is the sudden dancing that erupts from the two unlikely characters, with everyday people looking bemused on tubes and bridges across London. Amusing but effective.

 

4. Punchdrunk: The Drowned Man

This video for Punchdrunk’s newest production The Drowned Man should come with a warning: if you have epilepsy avoid, if you have a theatre obsession, equally avoid. So mysterious are Punchdrunk’s shows that you could spend hours attempting to look for clues in this trailer. Engrossing and mysterious in equal measures this trailer messes with your head a little.

5. Middle Child: Saturday Night & Sunday Morning

This video from theatre company Middle Child has been included because it shows how if you’re not careful a video can easily go from good to bad. Starting with good shots and interesting dynamics of a character living it large at the weekend in a run down pub, the video finishes with 38 seconds of text. 35 seconds? Dear oh dear, far too much for the 1 minute visuals beforehand. Middle Child got it very nearly right, but relied upon their text captions too much.

Jake Orr

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Jake is the Artistic Director and Founder of A Younger Theatre. He is a freelance writer and blogger, a theatre marketer and a digital producer. He is also Co-Curator of Dialogue.

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Top 8 Theatre Videos for February and March 2013

Posted on 07 March 2013 by Jake Orr

Here is double roundup of the top theatre videos from February and March. You can also see all the videos on our YouTube playlist on the A Younger Theatre Youtube Channel where you’ll also find some exclusive videos from The Book of Mormon creators.

Theatre Videos

1. The Royal Shakespeare Company: Hamlet Video Trailer

At just 36 seconds long this video for David Farr’s Hamlet by the Royal Shakespeare Company is intense. Directed by Farr himself and produced by Dust House (who are becoming a regular feature in these video round ups), the focus of the trailer is the setting of a fencing tournament. It’s simplistic in presentation, but very effective as a short trailer, including some slightly Star Wars inspired text for the show title (or is that just us?).


2. West Yorkshire Playhouse: Doctor Faustus

The West Yorkshire Playhouse and Citizen Theatre have created a creepy video trailer for their joint production of Doctor Faustus. With clown-like features you might mistake this video for The Joker in Batman. What menacing face paint. A recurring theme in this roundup of videos is slow motion which features in this trailer. Is it overused? Perhaps. But does it work? Oh yes.

 

3. The Unicorn Theatre: 1001 Nights

This trailer for the Unicorn Theatre’s production of 1001 Nights in association with Transport is full of mesmerising images and beauty, but it also has some faults. The voiceover and music is unquestionably good, taking you into the world of the play and when the footage shows more visual elements (the sheet blowing up for example) I tingle with joy. Some of the footage is weaker, scenes from the play playing against the narration don’t quite work, but otherwise what a wonderful video.

 

4. The Royal Court Theatre and Fuel: The Victorian in the Wall

How important is narrative in a video trailer for a show? In the case of The Royal Court and Fuel’s The Victorian in the Wall the narrative of the play, cleverly delivered by an actor in character, is central to the video. It’s funny and features three men singing with a piano (what’s not to love?) with some amusing lyrics about knocking down a wall. It also throws into question the purpose of video trailers and the limitations of theatre. Can you always show everything you want to in a video? One of the cast is missing so they pop a photo of her in the corner of the video, it’s cheap, but funny.

 

 

5. English National Ballet: Branding relaunching

The English National Ballet have a new artistic leader and a fresh and edgy new brand thanks to the folk at Brand New Meme. Launching the new brand came with a collaboration with fashion extraordinaire Vivienne Westwood. Talk about bringing ballet into the contemporary world. Despite being uploaded in January, we just can’t get enough of this behind the scenes look at the photo shoot with Westwood and some of ENB’s principle dancers. It’s gorgeous.

 

 

6. Bryony Kimmings: The Fanny Song

Warning: This video contains strong language and comedy related to the female genitalia and some readers may find it slightly offence and utterly hilarious. You have been suitably warned!

How many different words are there for the bits and pieces down below on our female readers? Quite a few according to Bryony Kimmings with her new song The Fanny Song. Featuring participants, vaginas and some brilliant descriptions, this video may not be for everyone, but it certainly shows that sometimes we don’t have to be serious. With 15,000 views in less than a month, I think it’s safe to say Kimmings has a hit!

 

7. National Theatre: NT Future – Transforming the National Theatre

When you watch this video from the National Theatre on how they’re shaping the future of the building, with new facilities and open access to audiences I challenge you not to feel a little bit excited or moved. Using footage from well known productions, with a brilliant voice over and artworks from the new developments; it feels inspiring. Which is almost what the National Theatre want you to feel, that and empowered to invest in their future which will surely be our future too.

8. Pants On Fire: Theatrical Advertising Space

From funding the National Theatre to getting a unique advertising slot in a theatre company’s production, this video from Pants On Fire is intriguing to say the least. We’re featuring this video, not for the content but rather the idea behind the video creation. Pants On Fire are offering a business the chance to have their own advert, devised by the company, inserted into their next show as an ad break. Using the companies talent of music, physical theatre, puppetry and fun they want businesses to invest in their show and receive a live advert mid-performance. It’s a neat idea, will it work? Who knows.

What are your highlights of videos the past few months? Leave a comment and make sure you look at the other videos featured in our round up of Best Theatre Videos from December.

Jake Orr

Jake Orr

Jake is the Artistic Director and Founder of A Younger Theatre. He is a freelance writer and blogger, a theatre marketer and a digital producer. He is also Co-Curator of Dialogue.

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