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, we believe it is important to reach out and support the audiences and artists that form our creative community.
MERCURY ONLINE is our new programme of digital activity that will provide interactive 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 informative masterclasses from industry professionals, children’s storytime with the loveable Dale Superville and musical sing-a-longs to lift everyone’s spirits.
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 thanks go to Kenny Emson, The Thelmas, Ryan McBryde, Ellen Kane, Simon Money, Gus Gowland and Sydney Aldridge for their recent masterclasses. Our eighth masterclass, due to take place on Mon 1 Jun will be hosted by Perfect Pitch Executive Producer and Producer of the musical SIX, Andy Barnes.
Storytime with Dale
Mercury panto favourite Dale Superville (Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White and many, many more) has been appearing on our Facebook page on Tuesday afternoons at 3.30pm for Storytime with Dale…guaranteed to brighten up any week!
Be the first to see them by visiting our Facebook page. Dale’s previous stories are also now available to watch on YouTube:
Story 1 – Dinosaurs in the Supermarket
Story 2 – The Three Little Pigs
Story 3 – What Became of the Red Shoes?
Story 4 – Little Red Riding Hood
Story 5 – The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Story 6 – The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Story 7 – Hank’s Pranks by David Walliams
Join us this Wednesday at 7pm for our final sing-a-long!
We’ll be going out with a bang as we sing through classic hits from our favourite animated films!
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 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. Find out more and book your place here.
Mercury Young Writers Monologue Challenge!
Calling all budding young writers!
We’re super excited to announce our new Mercury Young Writers Monologue Challenge in association with Red Lion Books!
Using the theme of Magic, writers between 10 and 18 are challenged to write and perform (or read!) a brand new 2-4 minute monologue.
An overall winner, two runners-up and an audience choice winner will all receive Mercury Theatre and Red Lion Books goodies through the post.
Submissions for the Monologue Challenge have now closed, stay tuned for updates on our winners!
Mercury Songwriting Contest
in association with Perfect Pitch
Here at the Mercury we really do believe we can improve the world one song at a time and that’s why we’re over the moon to announce our brand new songwriting contest.
We love to present new musicals and showcase the talents of songwriters whenever we can, and in this period of uncertainty we felt this was a great opportunity to discover some new voices.
We are inviting composers, musicians and songwriters to submit an I Want song – the song that sets out the leading character’s dreams and desires, connects us emotionally to them and makes us want to go on the journey with them.
To find out more – click here.
Mercury's Big Theatre Quiz
Join us Friday nights from 8pm for MERCURY’S BIG THEATRE QUIZ with Antony Stuart-Hicks!
Here’s your opportunity to stand up and shout ‘I Am Smarticus!’ as we launch our brand new THEATRE QUIZ with the Quizzard of Oz himself, Antony Stuart-Hicks (Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White).
Featuring games like WIN OR BOOZE, FINISH THE LYRICS and DON’T SAY M*CBETH, this fun-packed virtual night out guarantees to make Friday Night’s great again. So Zoom us up and Let’s Get Quizzicle!
Mercury Playwrights in Association with Josef Weinberger Plays
We are thrilled to be joining forces once again with our friends at Josef Weinberger Plays to present an exciting new playwriting development programme, designed to nurture and grow new creative talent in the East of England.
Over the next 9 months, Mercury Playwrights in association with Josef Weinberger Plays will support a group of new writers, to guide and mentor them through the process of creating their own full-length play or piece of theatre.
Together with Josef Weinberger Plays, it is our mission raise playwrights of tomorrow.
Mercury Voices Online
As part of our wider Mercury Voices archiving project and in line with our Mercury Online programme, we are pleased to present a series of six recordings, detailing the life and history of the Mercury Theatre and it’s role with in the Colchester community.
Grab a cup of tea and join us every Thursday afternoon as we release a new section of our story.
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.
Diane Crotty – Saltborn (Week 1: Temptation)
Kieran Vyas – To Call a Wolf (Week 2: Magic)
Michelle Payne – Memory Box (Week 3: BOX)
Kelly Jones – Garden Paradis-o (Week 4: Magic 8)
Sepy Baghaei – A Good Day Will Come AND Nadya Menhin – The Second Rule (Week 5: Some People Are Just Born With Tragedy in Their Blood).
Matt Gurr – Motherland (Week 6: Great Britain).