stream.theatre has created and curated a huge range of exciting programming that celebrates theatre and the Arts and will host it via Episodes, a new area of the streaming platform.
Aimed at industry insiders, aspiring theatre-makers and creators, or simply those with an interest in the Arts, Episodes includes exclusive masterclasses with theatrical legends (including Elaine Paige, Paines Plough and Oti Mabuse), beautiful documentaries and original series (including In The Company of Actors with Cate Blanchett and Hamilton: One Shot to Broadway), with new titles being added every month.
All of the content within EPISODES will be available On-Demand and can be purchased episode by episode or, if there are multiple episodes within a programme, at a discounted series rate. Users won’t have to take out a subscription to access the content.
Episodes premieres this month (March 2021) with initial content on sale now and available to stream from Monday 15 March. It includes two original Episodes’ Masterclasses; The Art Of New Writing with Paines Plough, a four part series exploring how to produce new work, and Dancing with Oti Mabuse, a four part series teaching you ballroom basics. Documentaries include In the Company of Actors, a behind the scenes look at preparations for Hedda Gabler at Syndey Theatre Company, starring Cate Blanchett, and Hamilton: One Shot To Broadway, the story of the hit musical that changed the face of Broadway. There are also original series including Theality TV, the story of making an Off Broadway Musical; Little House on the Ferry and Broadway Masters, a collection of workshops from Broadway’s experts, including Taye Diggs, Anthony Rapp and Laura Osnes.
New Episodes content will be available each month. April’s programming is on sale now and will stream from Friday 9 April. It includes more original EPISODES’ Masterclasses: Creating The Character with Elaine Paige, a six part exploration of her most iconic roles and performances, and Finding Your Voice with Hazel Holder, a three part practical guide of vocal technique. There is behind the scenes comedy with Submissions Only a web series about the casting process for musicals and some help getting fit for the summer with Built for the Stage, fitness classes with a theatrical beat. The previously announced A Killer Party, the UK version of the hit US episodic musical, joins the April line up.
Oti Mabuse said: I had so much fun filming my Episodes Masterclass – I wanted to make sure it could be enjoyable and useful to experienced dancers or complete beginners. I think people are going to love browsing Episodes and discovering some new things.
Katie Posner and Charlotte Bennett, joint artistic directors of Paines Plough, said: We loved filming our episodes masterclass for stream.theatre. We hope they de mystify how an organisation like Paines Plough discover, develop and nurture writers. These episodes were designed to share a snap shot of how we begin the process of making work from the page to it being produced on stage.
There are over 50 more titles to be released in the coming months, including original EPISODES’ Masterclasses with design house Feast Creative, award winning wigs designer Richard Mawbey, Hamilton Dance Captain Alex Sarmiento, designer Hugh Durrant and many more.
You can browse Episodes now by visiting www.stream.theatre/episodes