We first became aware of Lost In Translation Circus because of the company's brilliant performances up at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

So we pricked up our ears when we heard the news that - because of the COVID-19 crisis - they and The Oak Circus Centre were running online classes for a number of different skills and age groups.

We recently told you about them in our Three To Stream tips, but I wanted to find out more: about the company, the online classes and its management team, so I arranged a chat with co-director Massimilliano Rossetti.

CLICK HERE to read this Caro Meets interview.

Lost In Translation and The Oak Circus Centre's classes are currently scheduled until mid May. You can book places via this page here.
With London's venues in temporary shutdown as efforts continue to restrict and delay the spread of COVID-19, for the next few weeks we'll be putting the spotlight on great comedy, theatre and other Fringe-style entertainment that is available online - both streaming live and on-demand.

Many of these online shows are free to access, though often there are ways that you can make donations if you enjoy what you see. Given most of the venues, companies and performers behind all this entertainment are facing significant financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 shutdown, any contributions you can afford will really help.


HighTide Monologues
You may remember that in a previous set of Three To See tips we mentioned East Anglia-based company HighTide's Lighthouse programme, and the streaming monologues that were to be a part of that. Well, two of said monologues are now available to view: Jade Anouka performs 'Bedlam Before The Burn Out' by Aisha Zia and Katie Lyons takes on Morgan Lloyd Malcolm's 'Rainbows'. See the company's YouTube page here and watch out for the arrival of new recordings.

Memoirs Of An Asian Football Casual | Curve Theatre (pictured)
Leicester's Curve Theatre, as previously mentioned, has been streaming a number of its archive recordings for limited periods: this acclaimed and gritty play - adapted by Dougal Irvine from the book by Riaz Khan and starring Jay Varsani and Hareet Deol - is one of them. It's available until 24 Apr, make sure you head this way to see it before then.

Drawing The Line | Hampstead Theatre
Hampstead Theatre has released a number of different shows online and next up is Howard Brenton's 'Drawing The Line', which tells the story of Cyril Radcliffe and the partitioning of India. It will be available from 13-19 Apr: to view keep an eye on the venue's YouTube site here.


Beethoven's Ninth Symphony | Philharmonia Orchestra
Hurrah for music! I have been enjoying listening to some rousing classical lately and thought you might too. This is an archive stream of the Philharmonia Orchestra's 1970 performance of Beethoven's 'Ninth Symphony' at the Royal Festival Hall, recently added to YouTube for the benefit of the stuck-at-home masses. Click here.

Dance Umbrella: Online Workshops | 13-17 April (pictured)
Okay, so I suppose this is dance, not music, but you need music to dance, don't you? So that's okay. Here are some free online dance workshops courtesy of Dance Umbrella for you to access all this week, hosted by some really brilliant and talented dance-types and entirely suitable for older children: there's hip hop with Sunanda Biswas, bangra hip hop fusion with Emiko Ishii, yoga for dance with Hanna Wroblewski, contemporary dance with Caroline Lofthouse, and an intro to choreography with Sara Dos Santos. See this page here for info.

St John Passion | English Touring Opera
Now, I dare say you're not all opera fans - I know a lot of people find it a bit inaccessible - but maybe giving it a try in the comfort of your own home would help. Opera fans, on the other hand, may be pleased to hear that English Touring Opera have released a performance of Bach's 'St John Passion' online and that you may view it on YouTube. See the company YouTube page here.


Ben Tippet: Class Divides Uncovered | Conway Hall | 20 Apr
Conway Hall, like all venues, has had to cancel a lot of upcoming events, but a number of planned talks are going to be streamed online instead so you can still experience them, albeit in a slightly different way. Writer and activist Ben Tippet asks some pertinent questions: "How can we make sense of a world where we have both too many billionaires and too many foodbanks? We're supposed to go to university, forge a career, get wealthier, buy a house - but why is that so hard for most of us to achieve?" Register and donate here.

Krater Live! (pictured)
Those familiar with Brighton venue Komedia might be aware of its regular Friday comedy night Krater Club and therefore be pleased to hear that it's planning to broadcast an online alternative every week during lockdown, hosted by the brilliant Stephen Grant. The first one happened on Friday and you can watch it now. Click this link here for more.

Bedtime In Barnes | OSO Arts Centre
This one is for your children: it's a host of different faces telling them their bedtime stories, some quite famous, all rather good. They've been uploading them for a while and there's quite a few to work your way through already, so do check out the archive as well as watching out for the new ones. Click on this link here to see them all listed on the venue's website, and here to subscribe to their YouTube channel and get notifications of new uploads.
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