Digital Theatre Production

What to do

Staging a theatre play online involves unique considerations compared to traditional stage productions. By carefully considering these areas, you can enhance the overall experience of staging a theatre play online and ensure a successful virtual performance.

There are 13 key areas to consider when staging an online show

Platform and Technology:
  1. Choose a reliable streaming platform or service for broadcasting your play.
  2. Ensure compatibility with various devices (computers, tablets, smartphones) and browsers.
  3. Test the streaming quality and troubleshoot potential technical issues.
Digital Rehearsals
  1. Conduct virtual rehearsals to accommodate the online format.
  2. Ensure actors and crew are comfortable with the technology and the virtual space.
Cameras and Lighting
  1. Determine the cameras setup and angles for capturing performances.
  2. Optimize lighting for online viewing, considering the limitations of webcams and varying home setups.
Sound Design
  1. Invest in quality microphones for clear audio.
  2. Consider the acoustics of the virtual space and reduce background noise.
Set and Costume Design
  1. Design sets and costumes that translate well on screen and consider the possibilities of the virtual environment.
  2. Ensure that colors and details are visible and convey the desired atmosphere.
Props and Special Effects
  1. Adapt props and special effects for online presentation.
  2. Consider how certain effects may be perceived through a digital medium.
Digital Marketing
  1. Develop a robust online marketing strategy to promote the virtual play.
  2. Use social media, email campaigns, and other digital channels to reach the audience.
Ticketing and Access
  1. Implement an online ticketing system if the play is not free.
  2. Provide clear instructions on how to access the virtual performance.
Audience Engagement
  1. Explore ways to interact with the online audience, such as live chat or virtual Q&A sessions.
  2. Encourage audience participation through social media or interactive features.
Copyright and Licensing
  1. Ensure that you have the necessary rights and licenses to perform the play online.
  2. Consider the legal aspects of streaming copyrighted material.
  1. Provide closed captions for the hearing impaired.
  2. Ensure the virtual performance is accessible to a diverse audience.
Backup Plans
  1. Have contingency plans for technical glitches or disruptions during the live performance.
  2. Communicate backup options to the cast, crew, and audience.
Feedback and Evaluation
  1. Collect feedback from the online audience and learn from the experience.
  2. Use analytics to assess viewer engagement and improve future online productions.
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