Posted by Andrew Thomas
Today will mark the first ever performance from National Theatre Wales that will be streamed free over the web, whist being performed in front of an audience in Haverfordwest, Cardiff and Connah's Quay over the coming weeks.
Over the past 6 weeks we have been working closely with Native HQ's Tom Beardshaw and Kinura to develop an online stage and booking system for National Theatre Wales' eighteenth show 'The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning'.
For the series of streamed events we developed an online booking system mimicking that of a real box office to provide virtual tickets or reminders for the events, along with what was labeled as an 'online stage'. We pulled together technology from Kinura and content produced by Tom, so that online theatre goers are not only able to spectate, but join in through chat, twitter and lots of extras that will send you through Bradley's life online pushed to the user during the play.
The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning is the perfect choice for National Theatre Wales to premier online streaming, due to the 24 year olds relationship with the online world.
Bradley Manning is a United States Army soldier who was arrested in May 2010 in Iraq on suspicion of having passed classified material to the whistleblower website, WikiLeaks. He was charged over the following months with a number of offenses, including communicating national defence information to an unauthorised source, and aiding the enemy. Source: Wikipedia
You can see the show free several times over the coming weeks, if you would like to find out more information or to book your free ticket for the live stream, please visit http://nationaltheatrewales.org/bradleymanning/ and don't forget to share the link!
We've worked closely with National Theatre Wales since their first year launched in November 2009, developing their destination website and working with their digital channels. More recently, over the last couple of months we have extend our work into their online community.
Originally developed and maintained by Native HQ, the National Theatre Wales community has been produced using Ning, a social network platform. We were asked to develop the style and format of the tools provided by Ning in order to enhance the user's experience of online community. Working with established platforms, such as Ning will always bring constraints, conflict and issues surrounding compatibility following technical workarounds that are needed to develop the online tools to fit in with the community and National Theatre Wales' brand experience. It was important that these technical challenges did not take precedence over the brief, the user's experience was the main issue in hand.
With National Theatre Wales and Native HQ, we identified core areas and functions within the community, which were already in existence through the tools provided by Ning, but not easily identified by the users. Working with National Theatre Wales brand guidelines, we developed a series of graphical elements and colour distinctions where these Ning tools were broken down and became instinctive navigational elements for users.
The redeveloped community was pushed live early Monday morning, followed by some minor teething problems and will be officially announced to National Theatre Wales community in the coming days.
You can view and join in with the National Theatre Wales community at http://community.nationaltheatrewales.org/ or take a look at National Theatre Wales' forthcoming performances at http://nationaltheatrewales.org/