DIGITAL SQUAD – A DIGITAL ARTS HUB BY NORTHERN BROADSIDES

Welcome to our brand new digital arts hub; a space where art and theatre continues to be made throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. Below you will find short videos created by Northern playwrights, theatre makers and our Quality Street acting company, that respond to the global crisis we are living through. 

LATEST VIDEOS

SUNNY SIDE THROUGH THE LENS

by Northern Rascals

A thought-provoking dance piece highlighting the effects of Covid-19 on young people.

MAZER

by gobscure

A brand new Digital Squad piece by performance-artist gobscure. We’re delighted to celebrate the depth and diversity of inclusive & disability art. #WeShallNotBeRemoved

A WALK IN ISOLATION

by Mandy Redvers-Rowe

Every morning after breakfast, she visits an oak tree in the countryside, planted in memory of her husband.

IVORY RISE

by Nothing to Declare Productions

The residents of Ivory Rise are about to discover how close their neighbours really are. A short film examining how quickly fear can turn to blame as “the new normal” becomes reality.

A VE DAY CELEBRATION

by Mandy Redvers-Rowe

A moment of reflection on VE Day.

A PICTURE OF LOVE

by Mandy Redvers-Rowe

A picture of love in lockdown on a 21st birthday,

I ASKED YOUR DAD IF HE COULD DO IT

by Nana-Kofi Kufuor

Lockdown has changed the dynamic of this relationship with far reaching consequences for both.

A CHURCH BELL RINGS

by Mandy Redvers-Rowe

A word picture about a time where church bells ring but their doors are shut.

A BIRD ON A BRANCH

by Mandy Redvers-Rowe

Birds sing in a newly quietened world. A word picture exploring the concept of beauty in nature by blind writer Mandy Redvers-Rowe.

10° OF SEPARATION

by Marjorie H Morgan

Clinician Dr Areema Waqar’s public and social struggles with wearing her burqa change during the global pandemic.

PALM READING

by Daniel Bye

Palm Reading is a live online performance encounter for you and a stranger. Meeting one another for the first time through this script, you’ll experience closeness and distance in a whole new set of ways. Click here to find out more.

SON OF APOLLO

by Dr Benedict Hughes and Janine Swarbrick

A sonnet cycle charting the working day of a junior doctor during the COVID-19 pandemic. The PPE used in the film is recycled and was not filmed on shift. What are you applauding for? Could you survive the front line? Join the conversation #digitalsquad.

HON3Y92

by Millie Gaston

Alice escapes the isolation of lockdown by creating a new online identity but finds she loses herself to the digital world. 

BY THE QUALITY STREET COMPANY

YOU ALRIGHT?

by Jim English of the Quality Street Company

A series of conversations from Tom’s lockdown.

FROM ME TO YOU, TILL THEN

by John Gully of the Quality Street Company

An Actor in lockdown.

TIME

by Gabriel Paul of the Quality Street Company

A man ponders on what’s important to him at a time of uncertainty.

DISTANCE

by Louisa-May Parker of the Quality Street Company

Me, my husband and the voices that are getting us through. A docu-film exploring patience, Lego and love in the time of Corona.

DASH CAM

by Dario Coates of the Quality Street Company

Whilst waiting for a customer, Matt questions his value as a ‘Key Worker’.

UPROOTED

by Alicia McKenzie of the Quality Street Company

A woman recounts her mother’s stories about her life in Jamaica and her immigration to the North of England in the late 60s.

ONLY CONNECT

by Claire Hackett of the Quality Street Company

In a series of amusing and touching snapshots, a grandmother tries to connect with her daughter.
This short piece touches on a very human subject matter in a time when connection is more necessary than ever.

SLOW

by Sophie Mercell of the Quality Street Company

A short hopeful film about taking inspiration from the nature around us, and using this time to reset the speed in which we live our lives. 

We'd love to know your thoughts!

We’d love to hear your feedback on this digital project and to know a little more about you, as our valued audience member. 

As a thank you...

To allow us to continue producing work with the very best Northern writing and acting talent, amidst the closure of all UK theatres, we are very grateful for any donations. Anything you can give is very much appreciated.