A matinee performance of Jack Lear was live streamed into Hull Royal Infirmary and Haworth Court Care Home for patients and residents to enjoy. Prior to the live stream, a presentation of the Hessle Roaders photography exhibition by Dr Alec Gill was previewed, and show programmes were distributed to help set the scene and add some context ahead of the production.
The live stream enabled elderly residents and patients to watch the production directly from stage to screen, in the comfort of their own space in an extremely relaxed environment with soft lighting and comfortable seating. Members of our team were on-site at both venues and were completely blown away by the enthusiasm and excitement of both the staff and patients/residents. Audiences were extremely engaged and keen to talk to Hull Truck Theatre staff about the performance and their past experiences in visiting the theatre and other types of arts venues.
The cameras delivering the stream were carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure that audiences were given a ‘best seats in the house’ view of the production – and this didn’t disappoint. Many audience members commented that watching a performance like this was definitely the next best thing to being there is person. The experienced team of camera operators ensured that the footage was seamless and it was beautifully executed.
Ruth Puckering, Interim Executive Director of Hull Truck Theatre, said:
“This has been a really rewarding project for Hull Truck Theatre. Through innovative use of new technology, we were able to bring the production to a targeted group of people who could not otherwise experience the theatre. It’s definitely something we’d like to revisit.”
Dr Fiona Thomson, Consultant Physician in Elderly Medicine at Hull Royal Infirmary, said:
“We are constantly searching for ways to make our patients’ stay more interesting and enjoyable. Our first joint venture with Hull Truck Theatre was a huge success and we hope that it will be the start of some exciting collaborative work in the future.”
Kelly Butler, Manager at Haworth Court Care Home, said:
“This was a great opportunity for our residents. Many of our residents are from Hull and were able to relate to the fishing industry and the Hessle Road area on a personal level. We worked with Hull Truck Theatre to give residents and their families the full theatre experience and provided ice creams and sweets in the interval.”
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