We are partnering with Arts Council England and BBC Arts to bring theatre, dance and spoken word to your TV screen over the next two years, airing on Saturday nights on BBC Two.
Launched in October 2016 with a broadcast of Kate Tempest performing her epic Let Them Eat Chaos, Performance Live will see some of the most exciting artists and theatremakers in England today create new performance for TV, with support from Battersea Arts Centre as Strand Producer.
Performance Live is inspired by the success of Live From Television Centre on BBC Four in November 2015.
Part of Culture UK, a new initiative to support creative collaboration and new cultural activity around the UK.
To find out more about individual programmes, please visit the BBC website.
Young Vic with Paul Mason (London)
A play about revolution, tracing how we got from the optimism of the Arab Spring and the origins of the Occupy Movement to Trump’s election and the present day.
Slung Low for Hull UK City of Culture 2017 (Hull)
Set in the aftermath of an apocalyptic event in which England is engulfed by water, this play asks a simple question: what if the fleeing masses from our TV screens, in their boats and orange lifejackets, had English accents?
Eggs Collective (Manchester)
Broadcast from a much loved Manchester pub, watch friendships, politics and pints collide between the jukebox, the bar and the ladies’ loos as a trio of spirited friends, hell-bent on having a good time, wonder if a big night out can save the world.
Ross Sutherland & Loop Projects Ltd. (Essex)
Ross Sutherland returns to his family home to revisit the most important day of his teenage life in an audio-visual poem on nostalgia and loss.
20 Stories High & Contact (Liverpool / Manchester)
With 1 in 3 women in the UK having had an abortion, this frank, moving production explores one of society’s last taboos. The stories of real women, told through spoken word and song. As far from a sexual health lecture as is imaginable.
Studio Wayne McGregor & Robin Friend (North Wales / London)
For five years during WW2, the National Gallery’s entire collection lived in a mine called Manod in Snowdonia. Filmed at the actual mine, this immersive piece of TV considers the lengths we will go to preserve the arts and our cultural heritage.
Tamasha & Ishy Din (Middlesbrough / London)
On the way to a party, in an unfamiliar city, step out of the station and jump into a minicab. With performances by real-life Taxi drivers, this journey through Middlesbrough uncovers what lies beneath the surface of a post-industrial Northern town.
East London Dance, Hofesh Shechter Company, Historic Royal Palaces, LIFT & Illuminations (London)
Choreographer Hofesh Shechter will animate the West Moat of the Tower of London with a thrilling high energy performance. As the sun sets over the Thames, the sounds, energy, and people of East London will fill this bastion of power in a celebration of London’s diverse communities.
Programmes are also being developed by Manchester International Festival, Akala and Touretteshero.
Daniel Kitson is also working on an idea with Battersea Arts Centre.