For this year, the Children's Shakespeare Festivals are being filmed and broadcast via online stream, to ensure that everyone who wishes to do so can watch the performances safely, for free, from the comfort of your own home. There will be two chances for you to see the festival film on the day; 10:30am and 6:30pm. You can, of course, watch at either time but please remember that this is a live broadcast so you will only be available to watch it at the times above.
The festival film will feature a performance by your child's class, as well as similar performances by other participating schools. Shortly before the broadcast day, your child will bring home a festival programme. This will tell you the order in which the class performances will be shown. You will be able to check the date of each festival broadcast and the schools who are participating from Monday 21st June. A few days before the broadcast, you will also be able to download a printable copy of the programme from the CSF Dream page if you wish.
HOW DO I WATCH A CHILDREN'S SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL BROADCAST?
You can stream the film on a range of devices, including laptops, desktop PCs, tablets, Smart TVs or other internet capable devices including smart phones. On the CSF Dream page you will find the stream player, which will broadcast from our YouTube channel. You can connect many devices, including laptops and desktop computers to your SMART TV if you have one, using an HDMI cable. Your SMART TV instruction manual will tell you how this can be done.
HOW CAN I CHECK IF THE STREAM WORKS ON MY DEVICE?
Up to 24 hrs before the broadcast begins you will see a countdown timer in the player window. If this is working then it is very likely that you will be able to view the film when it begins without any problems.
On the day of your festival broadcast, be sure to go the CSF Dream page in good time for the start of the broadcast, as it will begin promptly.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We know that streaming a live broadcast is new to many people, so we’ve compiled a list of questions and answers to help you make the most of the experience.
Can I pause, rewind or fast-forward through the film?
During the broadcast it will be possible to pause and rewind parts of the film. However, unlike a regular YouTube video, the film will no longer be available to watch from 1 hour after it finishes, so if you do press pause you might miss the final part of the film if you pause it for too long! We recommend that you make yourself comfortable and watch the whole film in real time if possible.
Can I share the link with other family members and friends?
Yes! You are welcome to share the link with other family members and friends. We would really like for the children’s performances to be seen by everyone who wishes to enjoy them.
What if I’m late joining the broadcast?
Just go to the CSF Dream page as you were planning to do. if you are late the film will already be playing. You should be able to rewind it if you’ve missed your child’s class performance. Please also read the answer to the first question above, as this explains how rewinding and pausing the film might affect your overall viewing of the film.
Can I get a copy of the full festival film?
No. For safeguarding reasons the full festival film is only being shown as a live broadcast. Your child’s school will receive a copy of their part of the festival film, but this can only be made available to you if doing so complies with the school’s safeguarding policy. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions about this.
Can I record the film through my device?
No. For safeguarding reasons, just as if you were watching a live performance in the theatre, recording or filming of performances is strictly prohibited. We take safeguarding of the children and young people who participate very seriously and respectfully ask that you DO NOT TO ATTEMPT TO RECORD THE FILM during the broadcast.
What can I do if the stream isn’t working on my device?
We hope that you won’t encounter any technical problems, but there is a slim chance that the stream above will not work on your device. There are several reasons this might be the case (including poor internet connection speed) but if the film is not running correctly in the player, you should try:
Clicking on the YouTube logo in the player. This will take you to our YouTube channel page where the stream may run more smoothly. Up to 24 hrs before the broadcast time you should find the CSF Dream film listed as the first video on our channel.
Go to our alternative broadcast page at: www.cityprojections.co.uk/csfdream (this page may not yet be active)
The Children's Shakespeare Festivals are produced by North West Drama.
The Children's Shakespeare Festival team (festival production):
Matt Wardle | Festival Producer & Festival Director (of The Lowry CSFs)
Sue Harding | Festival Director (of the Royal Exchange Theatre and New Vic Theatre CSFs)
Peter Kennedy | Festival Director (of the Stockport and Oldham and Rochdale CSFs)
Joe England | Associate Director
Sam McLoughlin | Composer and Live Musician
Andrew Billington | Production Photographer
The City Projections team (film production):
Tom Doona | Film Producer & Production Co-Ordinator
Freddie Fullalove | Filming Lead (for the New Vic Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre and Stockport CSFs)
Emily Sutcliffe | Filming Lead (for the Oldham and Rochdale and The Lowry CSFs)
Gabriel Wildsmith| First Camera (for the New Vic Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre and Stockport CSFs)
Noah Mainprize| First Camera (for the Oldham and Rochdale and The Lowry CSFs)
Joe Lindsay-Taylor| Sound Recordist
Rowan Walsh | Broadcast Technician
*North West Drama and City Projections wish to extend their sincere thanks to the teams at the New Vic Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre, New Adelphi Theatre and Oldham Coliseum Theatre for their invaluable assistance.