Case Study: The Big Night In
The Big Night In – Bringing light to our audiences in a time of darkness.
For one night only, direct from The Webster Memorial Theatre in Arbroath, audiences from all over Angus and beyond were invited to join ANGUSalive for a variety show – The Webster Memorial Theatre’s Big Night In.
The idea was to arrange a live streamed concert with the aim of bringing some much-needed joy into the homes of audiences across Angus through an evening of music, illusion and dance entertainment.
Talented locals provided the musical show from 7.30pm, on Saturday 1 May. The free event was broadcast on Facebook Live for audiences to enjoy from the comfort of their own homes and although there was no charge for the live stream performance, big hearted viewers showed their appreciation by donating to ANGUSalive and raised more than £300.
The concert was made possible thanks to Performing Arts Venues Relief Funding received from Creative Scotland to fund innovative and creative ways of delivering services under COVID-19 restrictions. The funding also enabled the local businesses involved, which included AML Event Hire, Apex Acoustics and DGLX, a much-welcomed return to providing their services.
The Big Night in was streamed by more than 1,500 people from as far as Kansas, USA.
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Richard Allan, Musical Director of the Big Night In said: “I thought the Big Night In was a great idea – looking back on it now it was a little bit of normality in the middle of the long lockdown. It was great to be part of the organising team with the theatre manager, Audrey, and James and I really enjoyed our regular online meetings to put the show together. I think we had a great variety of musicians and entertainers showcasing the local talent we have.”