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The Theatre of Social Media

James chats with theatre director and iPad artist, Andrew Keates about how the pandemic impacted theatre, his iPad artwork, and some very deep discussion of social media’s negative impacts on society and individuals.
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Show Notes

Content Warning: This episode talks about the potential harm of social media in quite some detail, and whilst no details are discussed, we do make mention of people ending their lives as a result of social media. In future, we will endeavour to add such warnings to the front of any episode audio too.

The pandemic hit the theatre industry particularly hard, and my guest this week had a number of personal struggles to work through which made things more challenging for him. Andrew has been working in theatre for a long time, and is a huge Star Trek fan, so with plenty of time on his hands he discovered a talent using his iPad Pro and an Apple Pencilto recreate some of his favourite scenes from Star Trek and other shows that meant something to him.

We also talk about how technology helped the theatre industry recover from the pandemic, particularly in regards to remote auditions and virtual experiences.

However, the real depth of our chat focuses on the negative impact that social media can have on our own lives and our relationships with others. This is a really challenging discussion, and I can say I certainly took a lot of Andrew’s thoughts onboard for my own life and my own relationships.

This is such a deep and important discussion and we’d love to hear from you, so send a note over to [email protected], leave a comment on the post, or start a discussion in Goodpods.

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Chapter Times

  1. 00:00:04: Introductions
  2. 00:03:56: Equality of Opportunity
  3. 00:08:41: Theatre In The Pandemic
  4. 00:15:08: Kirk, Spock, and an iPad Pro
  5. 00:22:59: Emerging From Lockdown
  6. 00:32:35: Connectivity Challenges
  7. 00:37:31: The Dark Side of Social Media
  8. 00:46:49: Where Is Your Phone Right Now?
  9. 00:56:26: Genuine Relationships
  10. 01:01:55: Having Core Values
  11. 01:06:01: Continuity Camera Uses
  12. 01:09:59: iPad Art Tools
  13. 01:14:20: Wrapping Up


Intro and closing theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW

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