RELEASE DATE: 20 JANUARY 2016
Luminaries from the world of arts culture gathered with Cast and creatives at the iconic Regent Street Cinema last night for an exclusive screening of Digital Theatre’s release of Sam Shepard’s True West.
Hosted by Digital Theatre, the evening celebrated the anticipated release of the film, available from today on the on-demand education and consumer platform, accessible by over 1000 institutions and 3 million students in 190 countries.
This outstanding production of True West, a modern classic by one of America’s most renowned living playwrights, was directed by Phillip Breen, and captured live by Digital Theatre’s key filming team in its final week of performances.
Speaking on Digital Theatre's release of the production, Philip stated: "It’s like a hybrid art form, it enables you see the play intimately – just like I was in the rehearsal room”.
At the event the production was received with much acclaim by guests:
“An exceptional production beautifully recorded, succeeding in enhancing the inherent qualities of the original theatre production while losing nothing in its translation from theatre to screen”
- Emily Harris, Head of Digital Recording, Theatre and Performance, Victoria and Albert Museum
“Another phenomenal screening by Digital Theatre”
- Hasan Bakhshi, Creative Services at NESTA
“What an amazing, aggressive, astonishing performance, I'm buzzing right now – go and see it at Digital Theatre”
- Sandy Mahal, Former-Director of BBC Space
“Electrifying performances. The musicality of Shepard's language comes alive in a taut, visceral production”
- Maria Delgado, Professor & Director of Research,
Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
Digital Theatre is transforming the arts education experience for teachers and students, and True West is the latest production to be accompanied by a plethora of learning resources to aid arts students and teachers alike.
The future of arts education was a hot topic at the event, with guests discussing the opportunities and challenges of the sector. Speaking on this, Indhu Rubasingham, Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre said “By digitising theatre we can increase geographical access, what a fantastic impact and resource to have. Digital Theatre could absolutely redefine arts education”.
Speaking about the new release, Robert Delamere, Digital Theatre’s Co-Founder and Creative Director said: ‘It’s a privilege to make this classic production available to audiences worldwide. Rightly celebrated by Sam Shepard, this is a seminal staging from Glasgow Citizens and Tricycle Theatre and tangible proof of the creative health of regional and small-scale producing houses.’
Audiences can watch online and via an expanding range of platforms including the Digital Theatre Desktop Player, the Digital Theatre TalkTalk channel and apps for iOS.
For footage of the event and more comment form the industry see our video
Photography © Cesare De Giglio