In today’s other blog post, I’ve been raving about the OTHER current offering of A View From the Bridge on at the moment: Stephen Unwin‘s production for Touring Consortium, starring the brilliant Jonathan Guy Lewis (a very different Eddie Carbone to West End wonder Mark Strong‘s).
As I disclosed, I’m loosely connected to Touring Consortium’s View, as I run the production company’s media arm, www.theatrecloud.com. And another reason I love this production of A View From the Bridge is because we’re doing so many fun things around it. Touring Consortium’s remit is not solely to produce high-quality touring theatre; it also works hard, with Consortium venue partners, to reach and engage with audiences, new and old.
The bridge referred to in Arthur Miller’s play is Brooklyn Bridge
Offline, that includes Ambassadors and Young Reporters programmes, post-show discussions, page-to-stage workshops, in-school workshops, family days and other special events and activities. Online at www.theatrecloud.com – and here, I definitely am biased, as this is driven by me, with my Theatre Cloud colleague Nick Rice (doing the bulk of the real work!) – that means oodles of in-depth content and what, in Arts Council-speak, “digital engagement Creative Projects”.
Our Creative Projects have included a war poetry for today competition for last year’s adaptation of Pat Barker’s Regeneration, postcards from the HomeFront for this spring’s tour of Joan Littlewood‘s Oh What a Lovely War and, probably my favourite, the current “MY View From the Bridge” photography competition for A View From the Bridge.
The bridge referred to in Arthur Miller’s play is Brooklyn Bridge. On one side of that bridge is Brooklyn, a working-class area filled with Italian immigrants, like the Carbone family in the play, who look across the river to rich Manhattan and all that it represents of the American Dream, which they are unlikely to ever achieve. In the play, the audience is effectively looking down from the bridge, into the lives below.
Tying in to this, we’ve invited people to submit photos of their views from bridges and tell us what they see. The response has been phenomenal. So far we’ve had hundreds of entries – from across the UK and around the world, including several of Brooklyn Bridge itself. A huge variety, so many beautiful pictures and stunning views. I’ve selected some of my personal favourites before.
You can see all the MY View the Bridge photographs, along with their captions, at www.theatrecloud.com/viewbridge. And submit your own by the end of May for a chance to win a Go-Pro camera.