A new programme of digital activity that will provide fun theatre content for all ages directly to your screens whilst the country remains indoors.
In these unprecedented times, it’s important to us that we continue to find new ways to entertain you, our wonderful audiences, and to keep the creative community supported and engaged. We are therefore incredibly excited to be announcing MERCURY ONLINE, a new programme of digital activity that will provide fun theatre content for all ages directly to your screens whilst the country remains indoors.
Over the next few weeks we will be introducing new features to our social media streams including exciting masterclasses from industry professionals, children’s storytime with the cheekily loveable Dale Superville and musical sing-a-longs to lift everyone’s spirits. There will also be opportunities for writers to submit their own monologues and poetry to be performed on our page, as well as a fun new Ten Day Tale, which aims to write a new story in full using nothing but your Facebook comments!
Check back soon for more announcements as the Mercury Theatre prepares to go digital!
We are delighted to be able to present our Mercury Online programme to our audiences and community for free during this unprecedented time. However, if you do feel able, we hope you might consider supporting our work with a donation to the Mercury Rising campaign. Thank you.
Join our weekly Mercury Masterclasses, run by creative professionals from across the industry, offering you a chance to engage, learn and network with fellow theatre and arts enthusiasts.
Each week a different course leader will lead a virtual session via the Zoom video conferencing app, delving into their specialist subject to share their knowledge and skills with an online audience for FREE.
Our second masterclass DOING IT ALL; WRITING, DIRECTING, PRODUCING will be run by award winning female-led theatre company, The Thelmas. Book your space here
Storytime with Dale
We’re super excited to announce that Mercury panto favourite Dale Superville (Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White and many, many more) will be appearing on our Facebook page on Tuesday afternoons at 3.30pm for Storytime with Dale…guaranteed to brighten up any week!
Dale’s videos will also be uploaded to YouTube the following day for everyone to enjoy at any time.
Book One will be a short children’s story ‘Dinosaurs in the Supermarket’ by Timothy Knapman.
Be the first to see it by visiting our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MercuryTheatre/
Mercury Musical Sing-a-long
Join us every Wednesday evening at 7pm for our musical sing-a-long!
Led by West End star Craig Mather (Les Misérables, The Wind In The Willows, Pieces Of String) this live digital event invites you, whatever your age, to sing along with us from the comfort of your living room.
To take part you just need a device with a camera to be seen and microphone to be heard. We recommend wearing headphones for better sound quality.
Once you’ve signed up we will send you fool-proof instructions about how to log in and a link to access all the lyrics. Whistlers and hummers welcome too!
Spaces are FREE but limited, so must be booked in advance. Booking will open week by week, so keep an eye out for session announcements. If at all possible, please only book one space and join us using one device per household – there are limited Zoom links available, and we hope to be able to reach as many households as possible. Find out more and book your place here
Mercury Monologues in association with Josef Weinberger Ltd
Mercury Monologues in association with Josef Weinberger Ltd will see hopefuls submit a short monologue, lasting no longer than 4 minutes, each week.
Submissions will be judged by a panel of professionals as selected by the Mercury and Josef Weinberger. Each week a new winner will be announced, earning themselves a £100 prize, and the chance to have their monologue read and streamed to the Mercury’s social media channels and website, by a professional, paid actor.
The deadline to submit the first monologue, which will be on the theme of “Temptation”, is Sun 5 Apr. The first winning work will then be streamed the following Wednesday.
The Ten Day Tale
It’s time to get your creative juices flowing…introducing our new Ten Day Tale!
For the next ten days our wonderful Facebook and Twitter followers will be the brains behind a brand new story; it could be a tale of old, a tale of the times or a tale yet to be told. Each day at 10am we will be providing you with the latest line of the story and then you will have six hours to get your brain into gear and provide us with the next one.
We will then be choosing our favourite at the end of each day and presenting it the following morning ready for your suggestions on what happens next!
Visit our Facebook page to submit your suggestions: www.facebook.com/pg/MercuryTheatre
Here’s the story so far:
‘Billy walked for hours in the bright sunshine, along busy streets, down empty alleyways and across sprawling fields, when he suddenly arrived at a bridge. He had never seen the bridge before, though he had wandered these trails for many a year, but something about it seemed peculiar. As he stood, puzzling, the bridge began to shake and he felt himself being pulled forward by an unknown force. The shaking, his grumbling tummy, the force, the alluring smell of bacon permeating the fresh spring air from the lone cottage in the distance. As he continued towards the cottage there was a gentle breeze carrying the sound of music…he stopped at the door, which was ajar, and as he stood there, a cold shiver went down his back. Billy tried to speak, but the words would not come…’