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Long Eaton 360 - #1

Our towns and cities are not getting good press. Slow death, suffocated by big 24/7 supermarkets. It can seem that way. Retail is along from my career experience and it’s for that reason it’s a world that makes my high street part of my life and nothing to do with my work.

I want to keep A high street. It’s a social space designated for commerce. What can I do? I can share what’s here. I wasn’t sure where to start. I knew I wanted to do something like this. In town today I stood outside Ucig a local e cigarette shop where my partner was buying vape liquids. 

I turned it the spot and noted the shops. A real mix. I was stood looking around. Here is the geolocation. https://goo.gl/maps/KRRCuPyceeKKDBcV7

  1. ShoeZone - https://www.shoezone.com/Stores/Long_Eaton-1770
  2. Ucig - https://www.ucig.co.uk 
  3. ProStart - https://www.prostartuk.co.uk
  4. EE Phone Shop
  5. M&B Nails - https://m.facebook.com/Manhbnail/
  6. Rowells - an old family store soon to be an indie micro pub https://www.micropubmagazine.co.uk/news/plans-revealed-for-a-new-micropub-in-former-long-eaton-shop
  7. Willow Tree Butchers - gone online https://willowtreebutchers.co.uk
  8. Howitt Street
  9. Kim’s Handmade Gifts - https://www.kimshandmadegiftshop.com/
  10. B&M - https://www.bmstores.co.uk/stores/long-eaton-237
  11. Ezone - https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063699962544
  12. Gibbs Street
  13. Café Brûlée’s - https://m.facebook.com/Cafe-Brule-100969105191566/
  14. Empty

Not every shop has a dedicated customer website. Some only have Facebook pages. Is that ok? Does a high street retail or hospitality outlet need a web presence?

How can a town support it’s high street and make it thrive.

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Performance and Participation - Audience and Actor

Immersive experiences blur these lines. Who is paid and who pays. That isn’t blurry. 

Being part of the story or being the story. What does technology do to an experience? Entering the unknown or entering the familiar. A regular theatre goer returns to a familiar venue to see a new show. Where does lockdown position the theatre goer reside? At home in front of a screen or at home in a VR headset. Immersive mindset and consciousness. In reality or in virtual reality, what about suspending disbelief.

Where does watching Netflix sit with watching a show on a computer screen? What devise do people watch theatre?

Going forward the physical experience of theatre will be new again. The digital is a compromise and virtual is the absurd and unknown.

Audiences are curious.With digital entering the familiar what can this give to the theatre maker? What about the concepts of digital merging with technology?

The use and application of technology to the production environment.

East Midlands Participatory Forum. I’m keen to explore more, make and produce.


DYP - Developing Your Practice

I have a staged immersive production in my mind which will utilise a 3D real-time blended environment augmented with motion capture where the audience are also part of the set without it being implicitly declared.

I am putting an R&D application together with a fund writer and I have heard good things about a VR immersive graphics studio. I’m talking to the studio director on Monday to begin the realisation of the technological production components.

I'd like some costings and find out more about how studios work with production clients. There is a crypto NFT component I’m exploring. The production will be hi-tech, low-carbon footprint.

The production environment provides a sustainable stage with solar and eco power sources all this taken to the most remote location I can secure and the audience who reside there. Extreme Theatre! Living the dream Digital Producer & Theatre Maker. Taking extraordinary theatre to ordinary places far from the metropolitan population sensors. The most amazing theatre right on their doorsteps.

I have a plan to write.

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No Internet or No Phone

Hanging out with Club House there are 2 worthwhile regular session you should drop in on.
Clubhouse Breakfast Club

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9am in London - No Agenda, Only Vibes…

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In the Breakfast Clubhouse, What does success look like? “I get to live life the way I want.” Was one response. I aspire to this wholeheartedly. 

I’m Caron. Creative Producer and Theatre Maker. I help creatives work smarter with technology. https://www.joinclubhouse.com/@pcmcreative

The conversation in the 9am In London... No Internet or No Phone? A compelling discussion with surprising responses for the hosts. There was a service, solution... apples or oranges fragmentation. Laptop or Mobile vs Wifi or 4G Data. It was interested to hear each respondents dilemma and definition. Voice call and Camera was set against Netflix and Laptop. Distraction or Detox were weighed up against self sufficient solitude or access to family.