Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal is exploring a new strand of entertainment that utilises digital technology and distribution to increase accessibility to its art and theatre performances.
For it’s first venture, the city centre venue will present the European premiere of Martin Zimmerman’s On The Exhale, a hard-hitting drama about one woman’s journey following a high school shooting.
New Theatre Royal has co-commissioned the drama alongside Amazon-owned audiobook giant Audible, which plans to invest in more UK theatre productions in future years.
On The Exhale will open at the Edinburgh Festival later this year, before being recorded at Audible Studios, and opening on a UK tour at New Theatre Royal next year.
This new initiative cements the theatre’s on-going commitment to making its theatre more accessible for audiences.
Scott Ramsay comments, “Everything we do is about storytelling, and we’re passionate about taking stories and performances to as many people as possible. We’re aware that, for many, getting to the theatre can be difficult, so we’re keen to take storytelling to them in other ways, continuing to grow the number of people we’re engaged with across Portsmouth and the UK.”
From November to February, audiences will also be able to download and listen to a free podcast story titled The Lost Dragon from the theatre’s website. Written by New Theatre Royal Director Scott Ramsay, and with music by BBC composer and presenter Neil Brand, the one-hour audio-musical will thrill listeners as it follows Portsmouth girl Emily Stuart on an adventure of a lifetime.
For more information on New Theatre Royal’s upcoming audio entertainment visit www.newtheatreroyal.com.