Friday, June 10, 2005

Sound, text - where are the pictures?

In the performing arts world, I personally primarily deal with theatre (if that wasn't obvious already). This can certainly have a blinder affect on where my web searching takes me.

For example, I found (via a long-lost trail I cannot remember now - I know, the first rule of blogging is credit your sources...) an innovative (?) site that features round-table discussions-cum-theatre reviews in audio format: theatreVOICE. Quite compelling - although they don't (yet) offer podcasts.

Then there's theatre texts made available online - the idea being that it's not the text you should ultimately pay for, but the right to produce it. Playscripts offers free extended extracts; ProPlays allows you to "tip the playwright" if you like the play (and of course, then pay the playwright if you want to produce the play).

(Also among the first few pages that come up on the Google search: a compilation of historical plays from England and Ireland - which have now ended up in my open-content tag list- just be aware of how far back copyright extends in England....).

Then there's Doollee, the website that aims to:
... list every play written or produced in English since 1956 [...]. As a general rule of thumb, if you are, or know of a playwright who has had at least one play written or produced in English since 1956 then you are eligable for inclusion on the site.
Every play? Produced in English (but not necessarily in England) - of course, they don't publish the full text, but still - that's a lot of plays. Ad free, sponsored by referred book purchases. And it even lists the playwright's agent, if you're working that far up the chain....

But what about images? And video? And this is where my theatre-centricity constrains me - because I'd love to see / find sites that use technology to share / publish images and video. I imagine this is already happening in the dance world - but there's the challenge that like the texts of plays, the video of a dance performance essentially "gives it away" - so how does the director / choreographer get any reward?


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