Theatre arguably hasn’t changed all that much in several thousand years. Even with the advent of video recording technology early last century, the idea of recording plays hasn’t gone much further than stationary cameras.
Digital Theatre is a new company aiming to tackle this by using cinematic techniques to bring recorded theatre to the masses.
December’s edition of Wired UK explained the idea:
Using up to ten cameras positioned around the auditorium, [the] team operate like a cinematic crew, exploiting angles and field sizes to create a movie that is later put online to download for £6.99. In the process, they hope to make British theatre accessible to all. So far, visitors from about 50 countries have downloaded shows from their repertoire.
They are currently working with partners like the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Young Vic amongst others. As a natural extension (and bringing the whole idea of DVD extras to mind) they are also beginning to venture into behind the scenes content too.