World Theatre Day – #wtd10 and Dame Jude Does the Honours

Dench at the 2007 BAFTAs
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You’ve seen the teaser tweets (maybe), or perhaps you’ve heard about it, so here’s a heads-up that World Theatre Day 2010 is now just under 6 weeks away.  March 27 is the day on which theatre lovers around the world – companies, groups, and individuals – do something to celebrate or mark the day when theatre is foremost in our minds.  It’s a perfect time to start organising what you’re going to do, and to send it through to the blog, or to tweet about it, or send in to the Facebook fan page.  You are a fan and following World Theatre Day on Twitter, aren’t you?

One of the traditions is to read the annual address before the curtain, or to pin it up on a company notice-board, or just to read it yourself and let it inspire you and your tribe.  The 2010 World Theatre Day address is from Dame Judi DenchHere it is for you.

There’s lots that you can do on the day … while you’re reading the address from Dame Jude, have a look at the rest of the website and see if any ideas there strike your fancy.  Everyone’s madly busy most of the time, so the WTD10 organisers suggest you mark the day by incorporating an acknowledgment as part of your programming or daily routine.  What you need to do is let everyone know what you’re up to, promote it in your own community, and then share – images, video, tweets, whatever works for you.

Last year in from Brisbane there were video interviews with cast and audience members at the after-party for That Face (Queensland Theatre Company).  23rd Productions recorded voxpops with their cast and the audience of The Pilloman then playing.  XSentertainment on the Sunshine Coast did a flashmob at midday at Sunshine Plaza, and QSE held a free, open rehearsal.  Images and videos from events made their way through to the WTD Tumblog and that was only from local celebrations … theatre lovers in the US and the UK, in Brazil and India held parties, rallies, read the address, streamed readings … and … held parties.  Seems that’s a great way to do it!

Another thing you can do right now – push this post out to your networks – Facebook, Twitter etc.  The more the merrier!