This year #LoveTheatreDay is going to be bigger and better – how do I know? From the amazing response we had last year going World Trending.
How #LoveTheatreDay Works
Throughout the day, we encourage everyone to tweet using #LoveTheatreDay and say why they love theatres. This is open for the general public of course but we want people who have been (or are in) am dram productions to also tweet and share. I also asked museums and galleries to share their collection that is theatre related and publishers to share books related to theatres.
During the day, we have 3 sub-hashtags (please note, it’s more important to have #LoveTheatreDay then the sub-hashtags):
- #BackStage (10am-12pm) will offer audiences and other arts professionals a glimpse into how a production comes together in the weeks and months leading up to the big night.
- #AskATheatre (3-5pm) will offer a unique opportunity for theatre aficionados and aspiring actors to hear first-hand from the individuals and groups that make the magic happen.
- #Showtime (7-10pm) will give those who can’t make it to a theatre the chance to sit in the “virtual stalls” to experience the a performance, or several, via Twitter.
The most important message for me is, like museums, theatres do SO much within their community that goes un-noticed. With further cuts looming, lets highlight all the brilliant work that is done outside of the 2 hours show. Theatres worldwide work with kids, teens, adults and older generation. The community outreach is amazing.
We’d also like to spotlight the amateur dramatic groups that help facilitate the love and joy of theatre to so many people. For example, The Royal Shakespeare Company in Strafford-Upon-Avon is currently working on an exciting project with 14 amateur groups. Their website states:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation sees the Royal Shakespeare Company working with 13 partner theatres, 84 amateur performers and 580 schoolchildren, alongside 18 professional actors and the creative team for a major tour of A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream.
How wonderful to see a connection from amateurs to professionals!
We’d love to hear from everyone involved in theatre – whether it’s with the 3 hashtags or general #LoveTheatreDay tag. To sign up please see our form here on this Guardian Cultural Pro article. And don’t forget to follow #LoveTheatreday, @CultureThemes, @GdnCulturePros, and @TwitterUK!