We normally perform a play twice a year in Gweek Village Hall and, like many other groups, have had to postpone our production, ‘Blithe Spirit’, Noël Coward’s celebrated comedy about a novelist, directed by Mandy Rolleston until it was safe to invite our audiences back to our theatre.
However, never ones to stay dormant, we took an initiative to create an Online Drama in the form of a Murder Mystery. Due to the pandemic, the filming of The Village Hall Murder was completed under Lockdown restrictions meaning that no two members of the society met in person. The play was written by one of our members, David Ivall who cleverly set the action to take place during the pandemic. This was a first for us and we think maybe a first in the am-dram world!
Rehearsals took place on Zoom since December. The cast have filmed themselves (on their phones tablets and on Zoom, etc.), in costume.
The cast’s videos were collated and edited by the director, Emma Phillips, and producer, Amanda Rolleston, to create a one-hour online play launched on 1 March 2021.
We did not charge to see the play, but we gave viewers the opportunity to make a donation to local arts charity Carn to Cove at the end of the production which raised funds of over £1200.
Click the link to watch our ONLINE DRAMA NOW: https://youtu.be/9al4jRIg5hA