Social Media meets Youth Theatre at Contact Manchester’s Contacting the World 2010

Contact Theatre Manchester's Contacting the World 2010 - A pioneering, international theatre exchange project, supercharged by social media

Just a quick blog post to share a couple of YouTube videos created at Contact Theatre Manchester’s Contacting the World 2010 launch late last month.

I’ve previously written about managing the digital and social media strategy for Contact Theatre on their biennial international theatre exchange festival for young people aged 15-25.

The six month long project during which the young theatre companies collaborate to develop a unique theatre project is currently underway and the programme culminates in a theatre production/festival in Manchester in July.

The first short video from the launch features a live camera link-up between two of the 12 young theatre companies twinned across the globe for the collaborative theatre exchange project that is Contacting the World 2010: 10p Mix Up from Manchester and Working Title 2.0 from Mumbai, India.

Apologies for the slightly jerky camera movements!  My Flip Mino HD was not to blame, I should have positioned myself closer to the stage early on…

It was really cool to see the young performers take to communicating with each other via ‘Skype live link’ technology with such ease.  Also featured are introductions by Andre Pink, one of the artistic facilitators on the project and Baba Israel, Artistic Director/Chief Executive at Contact.

I think Contacting the World 2010 involves lots of cool, potential UK firsts in social media.  Social technologies are playing a much bigger role in this year’s programme than in the last, Contacting the World 2008, which took place over in Liverpool as part of the Liverpool, European Capital of Culture 2008 line up of events.

The second video (pardon the slightly pixelated intro) features the young people at Liverpool’s 20 Stories High sharing what they’ve got out of being involved with Contacting the World.

I enjoyed the launch! Did you enjoy the videos? Any thoughts on other interesting ways Contact could use social media during the rest of Contacting the World 2010?

Please share in the comments.

You may also want to check out the very active Contacting the World online community.

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  • rajendra panchal


    i am from india, freelance theatre director, i have an idea about new theatre language ,but i have no fund for it.can you help me?

    rajendra panchal
    rajasthan ,india

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  • Chi-chi Ekweozor

    @rajendra panchel:

    Thanks for your comment. I can’t help you I’m afraid, as Real Fresh TV is not a theatre company.

    I suggest you ask the Contacting The World community at the link below:

  • Act On Info

    This is a cool looking project and yet another asset to Manchester’s creative scene. Good work – looking forward to seeing how it develops.

  • Chi-chi Ekweozor

    @Act On Info:

    Thanks for taking the time to comment!

    All the best with your projects.

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