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Mercury Online Festival 2020

The Mercury Theatre together with University of Essex, Signals and the Lakeside Theatre are launching a brand, new Digital Theatre and Performance Festival taking place over the weekend 21-23 August 2020.

The Mercury Theatre together with University of Essex, Signals and the Lakeside Theatre are launching a brand, new Digital Theatre and Performance Festival taking place over the weekend 21-23 August 2020.

While our theatre’s doors remain closed, the Mercury has been continuing to connect with artists and audiences through our online programme.

The Digital Festival in August is an exciting new opportunity to showcase the best work by creatives from the east of England in a celebration of all things virtual.

The call for entries for Mercury Online Fest 2020 has now closed! Thank you to everyone who submitted their application – our curation panel are now looking over the submissions and will be in touch successful applicants shortly.

We regret that we may not be able to feedback to every entrant.

About the submissions:

Artists were invited to respond with digital content that included but was not limited to any of the following genres:

  • Theatre (drama, comedy; radio drama etc.)
  • Children’s shows
  • Dance
  • Music and Sound
  • Poetry/Spoken Word
  • Animation
  • Films
  • Cabaret
  • Virtual Visual Arts
  • Animation
  • VR Tours
  • Interactive Online Performances
  • Web Art
  • Games
  • Digital Image

Participants were encouraged to submit work that embraces digital technology, responding innovatively to the challenges of the audience’s remote participation and consumption of entertainment and art.

We’re looking for submissions that are:

  • Bite Size (2 mins to 10 mins)
  • Full Length (up to 30/40 minutes)

Work can be pre-recorded or streamed live through zoom or other platforms or formats that suit your art form but must be presented digitally.

You are invited to apply your interest to digitalfest20@gmail.com by

  • Sending work that has been previously recorded: such as video clips; audio etc. (you send large files via links that enables easy download)
  • Scripts (with information on how you intend to produce it for the digital medium)
  • Ideas that you would like to develop (one page of A4)

Plus, also send a short bio and short paragraph explaining the reasons for applying (maximum 300 words) and in case you are only presenting ideas please send us a sample of your work

Our Curation Panel will be formed of Mercury Theatre staff and University of Essex academics. The Curation Panel have the final say as to which events form part of the festival and due to panel availability will not be able to feedback to every entrant.

We think this is an exciting opportunity for East-based artists to find creative new ways to platform their work, test ideas, start debate and get noticed. Audiences for each activity will be asked to give a donation and all donations will go to the artists involved.

Mercury Online Fest 2020 aims to champion local creatives and raise the digital profile the East of England.

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