Devoted & Disgruntled Feed

Devoted & Disgruntled 16 - Day 2

Stage or screen, live or pre recorded. What is live? Is it about the perception of the audience? The collective experience the audience have together? 

What is there is a single observer with a live performer? is it live? Does it matter if it’s online or offline? The audience member can effect the performance through intent or breaking behavioural norms. What is live?

A scheduled screening of a captured performance with 50 people joining to watch with an available chat option that is left silent. Is it live? To be live it must have an audience that arrives and leaves with a mechanics to enable and facilitate an awareness of crowd?

You are there. 

If an extraordinary experience it’s the opportunity to express to others, “You had to be there”.

Whether its Physical, Digital or Virtual, On demand perceived from the performance perspective makes the notion of live “being there” whether the artist, creative or performer is delivering live. 

What if the team is in or part of the audience? A simple welcome to introduce the video being screened. Hosting a Q&A following the watched experience.

On demand is the alternative to live. Online. On demand is when you choose. Watch any time from the start to finish.
Where does cinema fit into the perception equation?

Devoted & Disgruntled 16 - Day 1

  • 2015 DD10 in London but I was so ill I couldn’t leave my accommodation
  • 2016 DD11 my first in Birmingham
  • 2016 the Brexit vote and any chance to further opportunities with Audiences Europe Network ended. 
  • 2017 DD12 in Bristol (I was lost in circumstance)
  • 2018 DD 13 in London (I was lost in circumstance)
  • 2019 DD 14 in Northampton
  • 2020 DD 15 in London was to be a push towards... I’m not really sure.

D&D had become a beacon of progress since 2017 in Birmingham which resulted in meeting Charlotte Gregory which led to working with New Optimists Food Crime musical The Hand That Feeds. I met at that D&D after 20 years, Chris Grady. 2019 had been spent making anything happen. I was in despair. Pushing to make a mark. So began 2020

I didn’t even have the balance in my bank account to fund the train fair to London. This was the point I had to think a new way about the year ahead. I had some savings which I cashed in. The question being would I find a way to earn money or reach the end of the year penniless once more. 

Today at the 2021 DD 16 I recounted this chronology on several occasion. It has been an overwhelming day. Despite retaining my savings and finding projects following the emergence of a pandemic. “What do you do?” changed in 2020 to “Do you do?” I’m far from knowing what the future holds.

First list of 2020 recalled projects

  • Producers Pool online - zoom setup consult
  • The Larder - zoom setup consult
  • Guest lecturer - Mountview Theatre School, Creative Producer MA
  • Consulting Digital Producer - Mountview CPMA Catalyst In The Cloud graduation showcase.
  • Producer - Equity’s Online General Secretary Election Hustings
  • Creative Producer & Digital SM - Green Lib Dem’s annual conference
  • Creative Producer & Digital SM - Arkwright Society Industrial Revolution Conference
  • Digital SM - Notnow Collective - Online live screen the play, Pepper & Honey
  • Digital SM / Showcaller - Ashgate Heritage Arts - produced for YouTube CrookedSpire Musical
  • Royal Historical Society - Digital SM / Showcaller (Zoom Webinar lectures)
  • Consulting Digital Producer / Digital SM - Spark Arts for Children - Spark Festival 
  • LucyLocket Storytime - Creative Producer
  •  LucyLocket Bloggers Programme - Creative Producer
  • Assisting creative producer Kate McStraw
  • Cromford Mills digital visitor experience funded R&D - Creative Producer

With my Dyslexia I forget. Short term fades fast but long term intensifies with passing time. I feel fortunate to be at this point. Making it through 2020.

2021 my word is Mindfulness Back in 2017 at Birmingham D&D it was Legacy.

D&D this year is 6th, 7th and 8th Feb. This was my reflection on Day 1. I spent a frenetic day and ended with my mind exhausted by the sessions called. I will refocus for day 2 to bring away some threads of the sessions called.