About: On The Line 

On The Line is a new festival created by Northumbria University's Theatre and Performance Arts MA Students; featuring a bite-sized programme of contemporary theatre, performance art, audio experiences and talks. 

As a result of the Coronavirus, and to safeguard artists and audiences, this year’s MA cohort have taken the opportunity to reimagine their end of year showcase by creating an internationally accessible online festival. 


Ten MA Theatre and Performance students from Northumbria University will premiere their projects and provocations as part of On The Line, which will take place from Wednesday 23 to Friday 25 September with some works being available to view until Sunday 27 September


The festival aims to create a welcoming and safe space for artists and audiences to connect and encounter new work and big ideas from the next generation of theatre markers, all from the comfort of their own homes.

On The Line offers a vibrant bite-sized programme exploring identity, what voices are allowed to be heard, the politics of power and fear, human connection, making work in isolation and community. It features an eclectic mix of new work including experimental film/theatre mash ups, drag/cabaret performances, immersive audio guided walking tours, stand-up comedy and a love letter to amateur dramatics. All of this work has been reimagined by the students who are creating and producing the entirety of the festival remotely online.

As the festival team explain: 

“On the Line has allowed us to explore new ways of creating theatre in the face of adversity. From creating shows in our bedrooms to rehearsing in the woods, we have found the opportunity to explore new spaces and utilise the world around us to create exciting and unconventional theatre. Our shows have had to adjust to the current circumstances, and On The Line has given us opportunities to think outside the box in our approach to our pieces, and this will be represented with our diverse line up that can be seen online by a wider audience than we ever anticipated!” 


Throughout the festival there will also be a series of live panels and talks discussing theatre making processes and how the students have reimagined their work online for international audiences.


As program leader Dr. Lazlo Pearlman said:

"The On The Line festival is an example of the ways in which theatre artists can rise to a challenge and innovate. These Northumbria MA Theatre and Performance students have responded to the unprecedented upheaval of a global pandemic with passion, innovation, generosity and grace, representing themselves as artists of the present and the future."

All events will be hosted on the festival website: onthelinefestival.co.uk.

On The Line  is  created as part of the final projects of Northumbria University MA Theatre and Performance programme cohort 2019-2020. 


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