18 November 2020, The Tablet

New horizons online


New horizons online

Alfred Enoch stars in What a Carve Up!


What A Carve Up!

Theatres are shut again, although many venues are selling tickets for a planned post-2 December reopening – a defiant optimism that threatens a serious confrontation between industry and government if the second lockdown creeps beyond its currently announced end date.

A consolation is that the second death of live drama coincides with the release of an online play bringing together everything theatre-makers have learned about the artistic possibilities of digital techniques during the pandemic.

With a starry home-recorded voice-cast – including Derek Jacobi, Celia Imrie, Stephen Fry and Sharon D. Clarke – three regional theatres (the Barn in Cirencester, Huddersfield’s Lawrence Batley Theatre and the New Wolsey in Ipswich) have co-produced an online production of Jonathan Coe’s 1994 novel What A Carve Up!

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