Curtain goes up on tweets

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LIVE theatre and tweeting were brought together in a new project rolled out by the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds.

On the day before the opening of Dangerous Corner by J B Priestley, people were invited to the theatre and allowed to tweet their thoughts on the production as it unfolded. The director was questioned online and tweeted his comments back to those who follow the 140-character social network.

Participants were careful not to give away the secrets of Priestley’s thriller, which has been playing this week.

Chris Grady, head of external relations at the theatre, said: “We are really enjoying exploring the potential of this new way to communicate with a new audience. It is great to see how the essence of live arts works well with the immediacy of the tweet. It is helping make our hidden gem of a theatre sparkle in new eyes.”

On Thursday, the theatre will host part of the world Twestival in The Greene Room 10am-noon which, in Suffolk, is raising money for the Suffolk Foundation, and on April 4 there is a tweetconference with Hull Truck’s April in Paris.

Anyone wanting to join the sessions should email chris@theatreroyal.org