Theatre companies adapt their storytelling skills to reach audiences during pandemic lockdown

“I think there’s something about that when you really lean in to the form you’re working in, be that a website or be that an audio piece, and you bring your theatricality to that, I think really exciting things can happen.” Ruby Thompson, Artistic Director, The Herd theatre company, Hull, UK.

Ruby is Artistic Director of The Herd, a theatre company in Hull, in the north of England.

The Herd have been collaborating with Stand and Be Counted, another theatre company, based in Bradford, also in the north of England.

Together, the two companies have created an audio walk adventure called Hidden Winter.

Hidden Winter follows 8-year-old Hiba, a mischievous cat, and a trail of winter clothes in a story celebrating the joys and difficulties of making friends in a new place.

PODCAST: 35 minutes

In this podcast, the creative team behind Hidden Winter audio adventure, tell me about the joys and difficulties of adapting their theatre and storytelling skills to reach audiences during the pandemic’s lockdowns and restrictions.

It’s a process that’s presented lots of opportunities for learning new skills, and for doing theatre in a different way.

My guests are:

Ruby Thompson, Artistic Director of The Herd.

Rosie MacPherson, Artistic Director of Stand and Be Counted.

Firas Chihi, narrator and translator of Hidden Winter.

“We can’t stop engaging with our participants. We can’t stop the work that we do. We are a point of support. So to be able to make work with participants, that they can see is definitely going to happen and have a life, has been really important and crucial in keeping things going.” Rosie MacPherson, Stand and Be Counted theatre company, Bradford.



Website: The Herd

Website: Stand and Be Counted

TRANSCRIPT: An automated transcript (pdf) of our full conversation can be seen here:

Jerome Whittingham, @photomoments