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We’ve compiled a guide to some of the extraordinary amount of online events, virtual experiences and entertaining videos being published by creators in Plymouth during the Coronavirus pandemic. Browse them all below and find out when new content is being created

Families

Stiltskin Theatre Company creates theatre and arts projects for children

Date/time: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm


Who: The home of Stiltskin Theatre Company, creating theatre and arts projects for children for over 20 years.


What: Stiltskin Theatre’s Soapbox Theatre are hosting weekly interactive Story Stomps for children aged 18 months to 3 years and 4 to 7 years. 

Each performance is approximately 30 minutes long and is open to a maximum of 10 children at a time. 

Tickets to Virtual Story Stomps are £4 per child.

You will need access to a computer/laptop with a webcam (recommended) or a tablet or phone connected to the internet. 

Performances take place via Zoom. 


Contact: info@stiltskin.org.uk


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A museum, gallery and archive, where the city’s heritage meets contemporary art

Who: A museum, gallery and archive, where the city’s heritage meets contemporary art; where archives meet interaction; and where the Mayflower meets a mammoth.


What: The Box’s Creative Curriculum Challenge is designed to support home schooling, each challenge is designed to support Primary aged children and cover the National Curriculum topics for KS1 and KS2.


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Lots of tutorial videos to help young people and families stay creative over the summer .

Who: With Flying Colours is an exciting new play-making programme for young people of Plymouth. Working in local schools, children co-create plays based on their own ideas and words. Each school develop their ideas into performance pieces which will pop up in the local community in a whole manner of unlikely spaces and places.


What: Lots of tutorial videos for children and families, co-created and developed with students from schools in Plymouth though out the year. 

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music, movement and multi sensory sessions for preschool children

Date/time: Daily from 4pm


Who: Moo Music offer music, movement and multi sensory sessions for preschool children. Sessions are divided into three age groups, Mooborn, Baby Moo and Mini Moo.


What: Moo Music deliver live music for children – Monday’s and Thursday’s on Moo Music Plymouth’s YouTube channel at 4pm, previous sessions are also uploaded to Moo Music’s Facebook page. 

Moo Music sessions are carefully planned to aid development, visual and auditory tracking, hand to eye coordination, word association, rhythm and rhyme, coordination, numbers, colours, textures, matching and more!

To join the session search Moo Music Plymouth on YouTube. 


Contact Details: Lisa Clark 07731 805100


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RIO makes positive change happen for people, organisations and places

Who: Real Ideas Organisation are passionate about finding solutions to social problems, creating and supporting real and lasting change for individuals, organisations, communities and places.


What: A creative-techy-making programme for 7-11 year olds from the Real Ideas Organisation, who have come up with a series of weekly challenges to engage children in interesting and fun ways to learn and make stuff while at home.


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A colouring sheet that will allow you to design and then bring to life your own moth on your smart device.

WhatIn collaboration with QuiverVision, Art and Energy created this colouring sheet that will allow you to bring to life your own moth on your smart device. You can also share a video of it with your friends, along with your message of hope for the future, and helpbuild a digital artwork for the Plymouth Art Weekend in Sept 2020 and COP26 in Nov 2021.

Click on ‘learn more’ to find out how.


Contact: hello@artandenergy.org

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Above Bounds creates high quality theatrical experiences for children

Date/time: Daily from 8pm


Who: Above Bounds creates high quality theatrical experiences for Primary school aged children and under 5’s, taking in both theatrical spaces and non-theatrical spaces.


What:  Join Above bounds every evening from 8pm for Bedtime Stories live from their Facebook page and YouTube channel. 

From Princesses in castles, to wizards and spells, sly animals to unanswered questions; why is there a man in the moon? Above Bounds bring you puppets, songs, games and lots of silliness to transport you to another place and give you lots of ideas to explore and create at home.


Contact: abovebounds@gmail.com


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Calling everybody to get involved on ‘Digital Postcards’

Who: Southwest Arts Collective is a group of artists with the intention of proposing collaborative connections. We are an outward facing group linking organisations and the public together through creative practices.


WhatSWAC is calling everybody to get involved on their ‘Digital Postcards’ that will gather creativeness as a community during lock down! They are asking you to record something you see at home. This maybe an object or feeling.

Anything that makes you feel excited and happy.

It can be poetry/collage/printing/sticking/drawing/painting anything you can use!


Contact: If you want to get involved, please email SWACollective@gmail.com to receive the templates that will help you to basis your work!

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Music

An eclectic mix of live music from the brightest talent in the South West scene

Date/time: Every Friday from 5.30-6.30pm


Who: An eclectic mix of live music from the brightest talent in the South West scene.


What: Eclectic mix of live music sessions direct to your home from the Yard Sessions team at Royal William Yard. 

Tune in to Royal William Yard live on Facebook every Friday from 5pm, or follow the #YardJamsLive


Contact: events@royalwilliamyard.com


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Plymouth After Dark is a community project being delivered by The Box

Who: Plymouth After Dark is a community project being delivered by The Box, Plymouth exploring everything that happens in the city when the lights go down.


What: Listen to the latest playlist from the Plymouth After Dark project. You will need a Spotify account to listen to this playlist. 


Contact: afterdark@plymouth.gov.uk


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Film & Media

Into Film puts film at the heart of the education and personal development

Who: Into Film puts film at the heart of the educational and personal development of children and young people.

 


 

What: Into Film have collated 50 film guides for children and young people to encourage discussion after watching, with extension activities to enjoy too.

Film guides are divided by age range, from 5-7 to 16+.

 


Contact: info@intofilm.org

 


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A virtual gallery open to everyone.

Who: An  online gallery to give children, young people and adults a place to display their creations whilst in isolation.


What: From lockdown with love is a virtual gallery open to everyone. Share a photo of your creations with us using #FromLockdownWithLove to share some positivity during this uncertain time!

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Videos and shortfilms that are part of the Mayflower 400 programme

Who: The Mayflower 400 program is a unique opportunity to commemorate the legacy of the passengers and crew who undertook the journey and to highlight their stories and heritage, which is embedded in communities across the UK, US, and the Netherlands

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What: Videos and short films that highlight the legacy, stories and heritage of the passengers and crew who undertook the Mayflower journey from Plymouth UK to Plymouth Massachusetts.

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A selection of films from arthouse to the mainstream

Who: Plymouth Arts Cinema is Plymouth’s only independent cinema, passionate about films, encouraging people to be inspired, challenged and thrilled by film.

Plymouth Arts Cinema shows a selection of films from foreign and arthouse, to the more mainstream and classics.


What: A selection of online film programmes offered by multiple organisations can be found on Plymouth Arts Centre’s Facebook page, including links to interviews with film makers. 


Contact: info@plymouthartscentre.org


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A programme designed for young people to gain skills in digital media

Who: Plymouth based media social enterprise, specialising in community focused photographic and film projects.


What: Unlocked is a programme designed for young people to gain skills in digital media and to develop creative projects and ideas over the coming 18 months.


Contact: lisa@fotonow.org

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360 degree videos of the South West including feeding time for the meerkats at Newquay Zoo

Who: Soundview is a video production company based in Plymouth, Devon, and Cornwall that since 2009, we have been creating innovative films for clients throughout the South West and beyond, sharing their compelling stories to connect them with their audiences.

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What: Watch 360 degree videos captured throughout the South West (and beyond). This site was created during lockdown and features over 50 videos. You can experience gig rowing in Plymouth Sound, the rides at Crealy Theme Park or feeding time for the meerkats at Newquay Zoo in 360 video. If you’re not able to get out and about or you just fancy watching something a little bit different, take a look at the site.

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A different film available to watch every Saturday from your sofa

Date/time: Every Saturday from 8.30pm


Who: Everyman is redefining cinema. Bringing an innovative lifestyle approach to movies.


What: A different film available to watch every Saturday from your sofa as we keep the love of cinema alive.


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Videos and audio/podcast from degree programmes’ students made during lockdown.

What: Videos and audio/podcast from City College Plymouth degree programmes’ students made during lockdown.

VIDEOS: 

– Lockdown! 

Created by Becky Pearce, FdA Film Production. Lockdown tells the story of a world coping with Covid19 through the eyes of a street performer (Phil Russel). (Suitable for all ages)

– #MeTomb. 

Written By Georgia Burrows and Will Brown,  FdA Film Production. A comedic analysis of social issues facing marginalized groups through the lens of supernatural creatures. (Not suitable for children)

AUDIO: 

– Zelus

Written and Directed by Anthony Murphy Jones and Michael Rogers, BA (Hons) Film and Creative Media. A gritty crime radio drama where two detectives go against an elusive serial killer, who has personalised his spree by targeting the detectiveslove interest. (Not suitable for children)

– On the Bench – Can British Basketball survive Covid19 

Produced by Jack Henderson, BA (Hons) Film and Creative Media. This podcast will discuss the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on British Basketball (especially in the South West, UK), and what the sport could end up looking like when the pandemic ends. (Suitable for all ages)

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Theatre

Hilarious, physical and totally accessible comedy theatre using creative storytelling

Who: Le Navet Bete’s mission is to create and tour hilarious, physical and totally accessible comedy theatre using creative and engaging storytelling for absolutely everyone.


What: Le Navet Bete’s classic adaptation of the ‘Wizard of Oz’ – in full and in your own time! 

Originally filmed at Plymouth’s The Barbican Theatre in 2014, Le Navet Bete bring you their full performance of the classic “Wizard of Oz” on YouTube. 


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Plymouth Fringe Festival is going online - and all performances are free to watch!

What: Throughout August 2020, Plymouth Fringe Festival will be presenting a series of live-streamed performances showcasing some of the far South West’s most exciting theatre-makers, comedians, poets, dancers and live performance artists.

Performances will be free and will be streamed “as live” on YouTube every Monday and Wednesday throughout August, with the performances remaining available for audiences to watch for the rest of the month.

Audiences do not need to pay to watch any performances – but we are asking you to consider making a donation based on what you may typically consider paying to watch work of this nature.

All money raised will be shared directly with artists participating in the festival – by making a donation, you are directly supporting theatre and performance makers in the far South West.

Donate at https://www.gofundme.com/f/plymouth-fringe-online

Plymouth Fringe Online is curated by Toast, a collaboration between Dan Baker, Matt Hall and Tom Nicholas which aims to develop and celebrate Plymouth’s theatre scene. It is supported by Arts Council England.

When: 1st – 31st August 2020

Premieres 7pm every Mon & Wed (shows stay online for 2 weeks after premiere)


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Dance

Tutorials, exercises, fun activity and challenges to follow from your living room

Who: The Barbican Theatre is a dynamic charity with young people and the development of creative skills at the heart of all they do. Aiming to raise the standard of dance and theatre performance being produced by, with and for young people.


What: The Barbican Theatre creative arts organisation bring you tutorials, exercises, fun activity and challenges to follow from your living room. Young people and the development of creative skills are at the heart of The Barbican Theatre. 

Search Barbican Theatre Plymouth on YouTube for the full list of programmes and challenges.


Contact: info@barbicantheatre.co.uk


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Free weekly street dance style classes on Zoom

Date/time: Varies depending on the week. Check Facebook page for weekly schedule.


Who: Rhythm City is dedicated to the training and education of street dance styles


What: Free weekly street dance style classes on Zoom


Contact: rhythmcitystudios.co.uk/contact-us.html


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Exim's mission is to improve lives through dance, with a focus on inclusion

Date/time:

  • Mondays 5-5.30pm pre-recorded
  • Tuesdays 12noon Tiktok Tuesday / 6-6.30pm Live on Instagram
  • Wednesdays 8.30-9pm Live Instagram / 4-4.30pm Live Instagram
  • Thursdays 10.30am pre-recorded
  • Fridays 2-2.30pmLive Instagram / 4.30-5pm pre recorded

 


Who: Exim Dance Co’s mission is to improve lives through dance, with a focus on inclusion and ensuring dance is accessible for all.


What: Exim offers a weekly programme of activities virtually for both Young People and Adults and resources which can be accessed either on YouTube or Exim Dance Company CIC’s Social Media Platforms.


Contact: admin@eximdance.org.uk


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A series of VE Day 75 Dance Tutorial videos to follow and practise

Who: Plymouth Dance creates opportunities, using dance as a vehicle for change

 


What: VE Day 75 Dance Tutorial videos, commissioned by Plymouth City Council


Contact: plymouthdance.org.uk/contact


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Free Hip Hop dance classes, with adult, family and fitness sessions

Date/time: Weekly videos on Tuesdays and Saturdays


Who: Plymouth based hip-hop company, transform your life with Hip Hop; Learn street dance with Hip Hop family dance classes and dance challenges!


What: Follow Street Factory on Facebook for your free Hip Hop dance class, with adult, family and fitness sessions uploaded weekly. 


Contact: streetfactorystudios@hotmail.com


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Performance

join Beyond Face Youth Company and learn how to write and perform 'Performance Poetry'

Date/time: Weekly sessions every Wednesday April 29, 2-3.30pm

 


Who: Raising the profile and visibility of People of Colour in the Arts.

 


What: Aged between 12 and 18 and live in Devon? Looking for something to do at home?

Come and join Beyond Face Youth Company and learn how to write and perform ‘Performance Poetry’.

Sessions are free and will run weekly via Zoom for black, Asian and people of colour aged 12-18. Parental permission is required.

 


Contact: To join, email Alix at info@beyondface.co.uk

 


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Literature

Join artists Bridgette Ashton and Joanna Brinton creating maps for Coxside

What: Join artists Bridgette Ashton and Joanna Brinton, who are giving the Coxside community the task to create maps of local social distancing walks. Supported by Take A Part and The Box


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Online daily readings from Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Date/time: Daily readings

 


Who: University of Plymouth, with partners

 


What: The Ancient Mariner Big Read broadcasted online daily readings from Coleridge’s poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

It is now available to experience, in its entirety, as one symphonic piece.


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Spoken word and performance events, workshops and activities.

Date/time: Varies depending on the week. Check Facebook page for weekly schedule.

 


Who: WonderZoo is a Plymouth-based arts collective specialising in spoken word and performance events, workshops and activities.

 


What: Spoken word and performance events, workshops and activities


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