A collection of more than 50 actors, writers and directors have come together in isolation for a series of rapid-response short films about how our lives have been changed by the Covid-19 lockdown. The Virtual Collaborators project, launched on Monday, has been masterminded by Danusia Samal, an award-winning writer, actor and musician. Samal was inspired to create the series when the Guardian invited her to contribute an idea to an article proposing an “action plan for theatre” after venues were closed by coronavirus. “That was the first time I thought practically about how to stay creative and connected in isolation,” said Samal. “Once I’d written it down, I had to see if it worked.” In the article, and on social media, Samal invited creatives to get in touch if they were interested in collaborating. She then devised a questionnaire for them to complete and, based on their answers, matched up trios of actors, writers and directors. “It was quite confusing and involved a very complicated spreadsheet. The idea was to introduce people to each other digitally, and have a mix of experience levels, disciplines and styles. Some people set up their own partnerships as well. It was all fairly fluid…. Read full this story
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