Capturing live performances and events

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Capturing live performances and events

September 13, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

The Space, with funding from Arts Council England, presents a free workshop exploring how arts organisations and artists can extend audience access to live experiences by making work available digitally.

With a mix of presentations, case studies and small group work, we’ll cover the process from development, through production, to building an audience for the work. We’ll discuss:

  • The key considerations when embarking on a performance capture project
  • What’s possible within budget: what are some of the higher and low-cost approaches to production?
  • The secrets of creating an engaging audience experience
  • How might we distribute the work to reach the widest possible audience?

Sessions include:

Producing and directing a captured performance

Commissioning Executive for The Space, Helen Spencer, will give an overview of performance capture. She’ll draw on her extensive work with arts organisations and artists to discuss ways in which the experience can be optimised for a digital audience.

Distributing a captured performance

Penny Nagle is a pioneer in the Event Cinema industry, and co-founder of More2Screen, the company behind the cinema distribution of major performances.  Penny will share principles from her work, including: finding distribution channels; understanding digital audiences; the value of collaboration. 

Case study: Messiah

Alison Hargreaves is a performing arts producer and filmmaker. As producer of Messiah, a co-production between Bristol Old Vic and The English Concert Orchestra, she worked with The Space on the commission of a filmed performance, and will share Bristol Old Vic’s perspectives on the project.

Filming a performance: Low cost livestreams

Magnus Dennison (Meercat Films) is a filmmaker and live streaming expert. He supported The Space on the livestreams of the Royal Academy led Objects of Obsession series, and the The Mighty Stream. Magnus’ session will be a practical introduction to low-cost live streaming.

Further details

The workshop is intended for those with an active interest in capturing live events and performances, whether to build your brand, reach new audiences or enrich the audience’s experience of your work.  We have 25 places available to arts professionals and artists.

In the event that the workshop is over-subscribed, we reserve the right to re-allocate places to ensure that as wide a range as possible of organisations and artistic endeavours are represented.

This event is kindly hosted by Bristol Old Vic.


Bristol Old Vic, King Street
Bristol Old Vic, King Street
BS1 4ED, Bristol gb