Live streaming of a theatre show on youtube – Featuring an all-star cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Lynch, Kevin Bacon and others

Well this ticks all my boxes – live streaming and theatre with film stars.

Featuring an all-star cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Lynch, Kevin Bacon and others, “8” is a play written by Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and directed by acclaimed actor and director Rob Reiner. It is a powerful account of the case filed by the American Federation for Equal Rights (AFER ) in the U.S. District Court in 2010 to overturn Proposition 8 [LINK], a constitutional amendment that eliminated the rights of same-sex couples to marry in the state of California. Framed around the trial’s historic closing arguments in June 2010, 8 provides an intimate look what unfolded when the issue of same-sex marriage was on trial.

Not much notice at time of wriitng – only 16hours to go but you can watch the live stream here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlUG8F9uVgM&feature=relmfu

I’m never a fan of filming theatre shows as it is very hard to capture the immediacy, and tension within the theatre. An audience provides a living, breathing atmosphere that always affects a performance from night to night.

Even watching recordings of shows fails to capture that live nature.

So it will be interesting to see what happens here.

I’m also looking forward to seeing the cast who are more screen actors than stage actors and seieng how they go.
They’ll probably smash it.

Tom Stoppard and Film v Theatre

Gutted I missed this but luckily The Wheeler Centre have made the on-demand available.

Tom Stoppard joins us to speak about a career that spans nearly half a century. The winner of an Academy Award, four Tonys and a Gold Lion, he’s joined in discussion by writer and critic Alison Croggon.

http://wheelercentre.com/videos/video/tom-stoppard/#