Following performances at the Young Vic, in the West End, an extensive international tour and a broadcast on the BBC, award-winning theatre company 1927 is to stream a filmed version of its show Golem to coincide with World Theatre Day.
The film, which will be broadcast in English with subtitles available in French and German, has been commissioned by The Space, a commissioning and development organisation established by Arts Council England and the BBC to support greater digital access to the arts. The film received its debut on BBC4 in November 2018.
The broadcast will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 27th March and will be hosted on the Facebook pages and websites of partners around the world including Taiwan’s National Theater and Concert Hall, Spoleto Festival USA, HOME Manchester, Brighton’s The Old Market, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Belgium’s La Libre newspaper and Komische Oper Berlin. The British Council will also be streaming the show as part of its Anyone//Anywhereseason celebrating the 30th anniversary of the web.
Mixing live performance and music with film and animation, Golem follows the life of extraordinarily ordinary Robert Robertson, whose life is irrevocably disrupted when he buys a golem – a creature who will improve the efficiency of his daily affairs. But when Robert upgrades to Golem 2.0, the show asks what happens when man is no longer in control of machine.
Eerily relevant to our tech-obsessed world, Golem is directed and written by Suzanne Andrade, with film, animation and design by Paul Barritt – who jointly won Best Designer at the 2015 Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards for the production.
Jo Crowley, Producer of 1927 said “Our shows are hybrid experiences that place digital content at the heart of the theatrical event. And we are excited by the opportunity digital technologies also offer to extend our reach and offer new ways to experience our work. Therefore as we mark the end of over 3 years touring Golem across 4 continents, we’re delighted to have been supported by The Space to capture and share the production digitally to potentially reach new audiences beyond the live theatre space.”
1927 is an award-winning London-based company that specialises in combining performance and live music with animation and film to create magical filmic theatre.