Headlong and Theatre Centre have joined forces with TikTok, the leading destination for short-form mobile video content, to help inspire and connect the next generation of theatre makers. Combining digital theatre making with an exploration of form and dissection of the horror genre, TikTok Shocks will look to equip young artists with the necessary tools, experience and practical skills to support them in beginning a career in the performing arts.
Thirteen artists aged 18-26 from across the UK, have been selected to take part in the programme. The artists are: Alice Flynn (She/they – Wokingham), Bodhrán Mullan (He/they – Aberdeen), Caitlin Magnall-Kearns (She/they – Belfast), Dan Morrison (He/him – Largs), Daniel Raja (He/him – Llanfairpwllgwyngyll), Eleanor McKenzie (She/her – London), Elizabeth Logan (She/her – Manchester), Hannah Balogun (She/her – London), Leo Shak (He/him – Labert), Leonisha Barley (She/her – Liverpool), Milla Sutton (He/they – London), Stephanie Soh (She/her – London), Tiah-Paige Burrell (They/them – Great Yarmouth).
Over the past two months the artists have worked with leading industry professionals receiving weekly Skillshare workshops and bespoke mentoring sessions. These Skillshare sessions have covered everything from the dramaturgy of horror and building tension through sound design, through to how to utilise platforms such as TikTok in their creative practice and the practical skills to help them navigate a career as a freelance artist.
In the eight weeks leading up to Halloween, the artists have been given a series of 24-hour creative challenges to respond to using TikTok. Each challenge will see the artists create 30sec – 2min videos demonstrating the skills they have learnt over the course of the programme. The creative challenges and the artists’ responses will be published on the discovery homepage on TikTok which will launch on 16 October. Community users will be encouraged to join in, share and upload their own creative video responses to each challenge.
The programme will culminate in an event on 31 October at 180 The Strand that will bring together and showcase the work produced by the thirteen artists over the past two months.
Holly Race Roughan, Artistic Director of Headlong said: “The last 18 months have been a ‘horror show’ of sorts, and it has been more difficult than ever for young people looking to begin a career in the arts. Together with Theatre Centre and TikTok we are looking to empower young artists from across the UK, helping them forge connections and learn new skills whilst they create fun, theatrical content in the very medium they are native in. Using the horror genre the young artists are exploring new ground on the intersection between live theatre and the digital auditorium as they scare and thrill our audiences in time for Halloween…”