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St John's Leytonstone, London

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£5.34 - £21.35

The Virtual Collaborators Festival was founded to inspire artists to explore what is possible within the constraints that Covid-19 has imposed on British arts.

Since July 2020, 32 teams of actors, directors and writers have been collaborating to create pieces under lockdown conditions. Join us for a 2-day celebration of their work at St. John's Church in Leytonstone, Waltham Forest from 5pm September 12 and 13, 2020.

Please note that you are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket and enjoy a proper festival! We have a limited number of chairs -- please email [email protected] if you would like to reserve one. This event is also 'bring your own' food and drink (alcohol allowed!).

Your ticket provides you with admission to the Festival on one day, with a programme of short plays, music, game and film. Lineup below:

PARKLIFE:

An interactive game about public green spaces and how much we need them.

HERE:

Three people are here. They know what they want. They know the rules. Now, they just have to figure out how to communicate.

LEAVING IT:

Nothing’s ever simple with families. Especially when money’s involved. Three siblings meet after their mother's death to find out what she really wanted.

BRICK:

Two women in the bowels of a 14th Century prison receive messages from God. Patisseries aside, how will they interpret them?

#ISTHISYOURLIFE?  

You are invited to a metaphysical Game Show where one lucky contestant will #WinTheLifeofYourDreams by. Are you brave enough to confront reality?

SWAY:

A play about the female spirits of the ocean. Dive in to find the voices that history has drowned out in its depths.

DREAM CASTING:

Entirely new pieces challenging type-casting in the industry. Featuring monologues written and performed by established and upcoming artists, including Naomi Ackie (Star Wars), Anjli Mohindra (The Bodyguard), Clare Perkins (Sweat; Emilia) and more. See full lineup here.

 

LIVE MUSIC: Missing live gigs? Look no further than VC fest! Acts TBC (check back later)

 

FILM/ INTERACTIVE: A selection of short films made by the Virtual Collaborators will be screened throughout the afternoon, as well as interactive pieces which audiences are encouraged to take part in.

 

This Festival is produced by Danusia Samal, founder of the Virtual Collaborators Network, and Olivia Munk, Artistic Director of Part of the Main Productions. It supported by the Waltham Forest Council and Arts Council England.

All ticket proceeds will be donated to the #AllOfUs Emergency Response Fund, which is 'a ground-breaking and unprecedented initiative that has been developed from the urgent need to support our Black, Asian, ethnically diverse and migrant colleagues in the cultural sector who are at high risk of redundancies, or who have already lost work because of COVID-19.'

Please note that all festival attendees will be required to adhere to health and safety guidelines put in place by festival staff in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

Pricing and availability

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Venue

St John's Leytonstone

High Rd

London

E11 1HH

Olivia Munk - Co-Producer, Artistic Director of Part of the Main Productions

Danusia Samal - Co-Producer, founder of the Virtual Collaborators Network 

Ameena Hamid - Assistant Producer

Adam Line - Assistant Producer 

Naomi Chapman - Assistant Producer

Many thanks to our venue partners:

Bold & Saucy | Waltham Forest Council | St. John's Church 

There is step-free access to the performances as well as the toilets. However, please note that the performance takes place on grass. If you have any questions please email [email protected]

Read about our Festival in the Guardian

Will I have to wear a mask?

We will send ticketholders updated health & safety guidance closer to the date of the festival. However, there is a strong likelihood you will be asked to wear a mask during your attendance in addition to adhering to social distancing.

How are you working to limit the spread of Covid-19?

Virtual Collaborators is committed to adhering to public health guidelines. Audience numbers are capped to ensure 1M+ distance between family groups and bubbles. All common areas will be cleaned between shows. Audiences will be encouraged to wear masks when appropriate, and sanitiser is provided onsite. The festival will occur outdoors, with BYO food and drink. 

Can I sign up to attend as a household/bubble?

Yes, there are single tickets as well as group tickets for up to four people available. Tickets are £5/person plus the Ticket Ignite booking fee. All proceeds go to charity.

I want to come with a household/bubble of more than four people, and we want to sit together.

Great! Please email [email protected] and we will explore this option for you.

When are the performances?

Live performances will take place at 5 PM on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13. Screenings will take place at 8 PM on both days. 

I am shielding, don't live in London, and/or can't make the performances. How can I watch them?

Our digital performances will be shared online from August 17-31. Our live performances will be filmed and shared after the festival.

Organiser

Virtual Collaborators Network

The Virtual Collaborators Network is a network of theatre, audio and filmmakers from around the UK. These artists have come together to create the live and digital performances shared during this Festival.