Pilot Theatre will be part of ‘The Space’ as they receive new BBC and Arts Council funding award

22 Feb

Pilot Theatre are delighted to announce that they will be part of The Space – the new digital initiative – in partnership with the BBC and Arts Council England.


YorkMysteries2012 will be our project for The Space that will follow and livestream the large scale production taking place at St Mary’s Abbey this summer as part of York 800 celebrations. With partners that include York Theatre Royal, York Museums Trust, Riding Lights, the York Culture Company and the City of York Council.


Pilot Theatre will work with Kinura, the livestream specialists who have helped us to create pilot-theatre.tv


Marcus Romer, Artistic Director of Pilot Theatre said “This is very exciting opportunity for us to be able to share the York Mysteries with the world, and allows us to extend the digital work we have been developing in providing new ways for audiences to engage with the Arts”


The livestream will enable audiences from all over the world to share and engage in this new version of the York Mysteries, which is being made by over 1,000 people in York this summer. We will follow and document the build up to the event – by enabling key characters and members of the creative team to share their work and the parts they play in helping to help create the show.


The Mysteries 2012 will be able to be viewed live online via a feed of eight different camera views during the weekend of August 11th and 12th.


Following this The Space will provide a unique way of being able to download and re-watch this using a new set of iplayer options. Here all the different camera views can be dragged and dropped into a timeline making possible an infinite number of ways to view this.


Sarah Platt, Director of Kinura said “We’re so excited to be working with Pilot Theatre on this project in 2012. The funding gives us a really unique chance to capitalise on the great work we’ve been doing in innovative live streaming; The Space is all about transforming audiences’ experiences across digital platforms and when you bring together creative producers with cutting edge technologists, things start to get really interesting.”


Jane Gibson, Chair of The York Culture Company Advisory Panel, said “ Pilot Theatre, one of the foremost digital innovators coming on board with this new version of the Mystery Plays adds a whole new audience, and strengthens the creative partnerships we have in York. The collaboration of the ancient Guilds and Trades offered a creative sharing economy which is echoed in this new 21st Century interpretation, with all the activity culminating to create a whole event for all to share and participate in – whether in Yorkshire or across the globe.


Liz Wilson CEO of York Theatre Royal said “This project adds another dimension to the Mystery Plays. A great partnership of York organisations working on this artistic endeavour has just got better.  It is a great pleasure that the Fund has seen the potential of the experience of the Plays to be a fascinating resource for this new venture.”



The Space Fund is a joint partnership between the BBC and Arts Council England.

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One Response to “Pilot Theatre will be part of ‘The Space’ as they receive new BBC and Arts Council funding award”

  1. Kate Willoughby February 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    That’s fantastic news! Have only just read about it and thought it was an ideal fit for Pilot. It’s great that the Mystery Plays 2012 will play such an important part in the project. York is on a roll!

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