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