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The Albany, Deptford
14th - 21st June - On-line Interactive Rehearsals
21st June - 7pm Performance

Ampersand Media presents Storylines, a scratch production at The Albany in Deptford.

Storylines is a different way of creating a theatre piece. Inspired by news stories running on the very first day of rehearsals members of the public will form and shape the devising process using social media. They can tweet ideas, character suggestions, plot points, and images. All these will go directly to the rehearsal room. They will truly be making theatre from their armchairs.

We'd like audiences to help be the first to try out this new form of making theatre. If they can get down to see the show they have helped create that is wonderful, but even if they can't they can join in from their computer, smart phone or tablet. By following @ampersandmedia the audience will be able to know what is happening in the rehearsal room, help make decisions, and add in their own ideas that the actors, director and video artist can try out.

There is no pre-planned story. The production is completely improvised and devised from scratch. Whatever the audience puts in will be added into the mix. We really only start with the newspaper stories of the first day of rehearsal.

The performance on the 21st will be a finished piece of theatre. Those who have interacted with the rehearsal process will recognise the elements they suggested, but those who haven't been able to join in will be able to enjoy it as a show in its own right.

The rehearsal room is also completely open for audience members to come in and put in their suggestions in person. Storylines is part of Ampersand’s ongoing strand of work that creates accessible and interactive theatre using contemporary news stories.

Headlines will be directed by Ampersand’s Artistic Director Mark Stevenson. Mark has previously directed Fringe First winning shows for Theatre Babel, as well as previous Ampersand shows, and Supermarket Shakespeare for Teatro Vivo.