Life is a Stream

Dec 2 2021 | By More

Life is a Dream gets 48hr on-demand stream

The Lyceum’s five star production of Life is a Dream is to be streamed on-demand for a 48 hour period, starting from 7pm tonight, Thursday 2 December 2021.

The production, which opened the Lyceum’s curtailed 2021/2022 season had a limited seating capacity due to its staging – which continued to use the temporary apron stage covering the whole of theatre’s stalls. The theatre is now hoping to widen its reach with a £10 on-demand stream.

Life is a Dream. Lorn Macdonald with Anna Russell Martin and Kelsey Griffin in background. Pic: Ryan Buchanan

While the temporary stage is now being removed ahead of the theatre’s Christmas show, Christmas Dinner, it allowed Life is a Dream to be stated as an in-the-round production with seats around the performers and no-one very far from the action which took place in a distressed, hollowed-out theatrical space that our reviewer described as “part thrust-stage, part-proscenium arch, part setting for a group of travelling street entertainers”.

How well this translates into the filmed and streamed production remains to be seen, but if has even half the impact of the original, then the stream will be very good indeed.

Life is a Dream is the story of Prince Sigismund who was imprisoned in a remote tower at birth. On reaching adulthood, he is released for one day as an experiment and when the overwhelming experience provokes a tailspin of greed, resentment and anger he is re-incarcerated, convinced by his jailors that his day of freedom was all just a dream.

Directed by Wils Wilson, the production was originally intended to close out the 2019/20 season but has found added resonances because of Covid and the lockdown.

Read Hugh’s five star review of the live production here: ★★★★★ Glorious.

The stream is available both unadorned and with BSL interpretation. Click here for details of the show, which will be available to stream on demand for 48 hours from 7pm on Thurs 2 December:


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