WRiTEON’s response to the lockdown was to create Zoomologues. Between May and October 2020, 36 monologues and 12 duologues, by 26 writers, were performed by 38 actors, over eight nights, to an invited audience on live Zoom video calls. There were the inevitable lockdown stories; exploring how friendships, couple and family relationships might be either broken or strengthened during these strange times, but there were also many stories set in other eras, ranging from Greek mythological sports commentators to a futuristic AI Priest, while our Zoomologues Gallery (Round 3) inspired wide-ranging interpretations of subjects of portrait paintings. Most of the writers and actors were local but others joined us from London, Edinburgh and The U.S.A. Comments included:
‘I think I may prefer zoom to the experience of being in a theatre!’
‘A real treat! I enjoyed it so much. Thanks to all writers and actors – and let’s do it again soon.’
‘Another set of awesome evenings…I do hope you do more, they work really well and I’m loving some of the new voices we’re hearing…And of course the acting is top notch as well’
The producers are now taking a break but we hope to be back with Zoomologues Round 5 before too long.