This analytic report is one of three outputs developed by ARC as part of the research project 'A Chronicle of a Spring not as Planned: Resources for Online Performances' supported by the Malta Arts Fund Special Call.
The report is based on the online theatre performance "Mill-Kċina ta’ Connor" which took place in May 2020 as an experiment on how to produce a performance with a live audience during a time when, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, people could not congregate in theatres. The performance was created by a group of four freelancers who teamed up specifically to experiment with the possibilities and dynamics of online performance when Malta was in a semi-lockdown and when the gathering of people in entertainment and performance venues was not allowed. The performance was one of the first efforts to engage with online possibilities in the performing arts sector in Malta. In terms of artistic vision, the elements addressed include: the scripting of the text, directing the performance, casting, sound, light and visual design, and any other technical requirements specific to a digital online context.
Objectives of the analytic report:
- to outline the working procedures to create, set-up, and produce an online theatre performance;
- to indicate the challenges encountered by this process with regards to aesthetic, ethic, and artistic procedures, as well as roles and terminology related to the working process;
- to suggest recommendations based on the outcome of creating "Mill-Kċina ta’ Connor" that small ensembles working with limited resources and relatively small budgets can adopt.
- Download our online performance toolkit
- View our documentary: A Chronicle of a Spring not as Planned
Opportunities for collaboration
ARC continues to follow research and dialogue on the topic of online performances. We invite you to get in touch if there is an opportunity for us to share our resources with your organisation/network/community or if you would like to share your own experience with online performances.