Bradley Manning is the 25-year old US soldier accused of releasing 250,000 secret embassy cables and military logs from the Iraq and Afghan wars. After more than three years in prison without charge, Manning is now awaiting his sentence, having been found guilty of crimes that could mean life in prison. But just a few years ago, he was a teenager in west Wales. How did this happen? And who is responsible for his radicalisation?
In August 2013, National Theatre Wales took their critically-acclaimed show The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Katherine worked on redesigning the livestream of the production to improve the experience for the digital viewers. You can read a full report of the production on Culture Hive: Lessons in Livestreaming from Katherine Jewkes at National Theatre Wales.
- Over 6,500 audience members watched the Bradley Manning live stream from 1,269 cities in 103 countries. 56% of the audience were based in the UK, while other considerable audience bases could be found the US, Germany, Japan, Canada, Ireland, Netherlands and Australia.
- When watching the real time stats, we could see that there was an audience member in Portland (US) watching at the same time as someone in Port Talbot (Wales).
- 20% of the audience watched on mobile or tablet devices, on a variety of over 60 devices.
- From feedback on the chat, we found out that one audience member in Australia was watching via mobile phone while on a bus! During the three weeks of streaming to Livestream.com, NTW built up a new network of nearly 4,000 followers on the platform (this was the first time they'd used the site).