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COVID-19 Government Guidance What you can and can't do - FAQ
2.10 When can I gather in groups of more than 6?


If you live in a household with more than 6 people, you can continue to gather in and attend all settings together. This same applies for your support bubbles. All venues should continue to accomodate groups larger than 6 who live together or are in the same support bubble to gather in and use their services and venues.

There are exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people, including:

- for work, or the provision of voluntary or charitable services
- registered childcare, education or training
- supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care, youth groups and activities, and children’s playgroups
- providing support to a vulnerable person
- providing emergency assistance, and to avoid injury or illness or to escape risk of harm
- to continue existing arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents
- fulfilling a legal obligation such as attending court or jury service
- weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions – up to 30 people, in a public place
- funerals – up to 30 people. This does not include wakes, other than for religious ceremonial purposes.
- other religious and belief-based life cycle ceremonies – up to 30 people, in a public place. This only covers the ceremonies, and does not include celebrations of these events.
- organised sport or exercises classes or licensed outdoor physical activity. This does not include informal sport or fitness activity with family or friends – this must be limited to a group of 6.
- elite sporting competition and training
- support groups – formally organised groups to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support. This includes support to victims of crime, recovering addicts, new parents, people with long-term illnesses, those facing issues relating to their sexuality or gender, and those who have suffered bereavement.
- protests – if organised in compliance with COVID-19 Secure guidance

Where a group includes someone covered by one of these exemptions, they are not counted as part of the gatherings limit. This means, for example, that a tradesperson can go into a household of six without breaching the limit if they are there for work.

See the full article from GOV.UK here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do



Posted on 15/09/2020

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Stage shows will not be affected by new government rules except where audience groups are above six

Indoor and outdoor shows can still go ahead as they adhere to safety rules

New changes to lockdown rules, meaning social gatherings of more than six individuals are illegal, will not affect theatre programming in England.

As long as shows are put on within organised and Covid-secure event spaces, such as theatres, these new rules should not impact any scheduled performances. According to Prime Minister Boris Johnson there is only one difference – "there must not be individual groups of more than six" (though single households with more than six individuals are exempt).

Many organisations and theatres already prevent bookings with groups of more than six, so these will not be affected. Venues will now be legally required to retain and record test and trace details as and when needed. There will be "marshals" to make sure these rules are put in place. Plans to pilot larger audiences in venues imminently have been put on hold.

See the full article from WHATSONSTAGE here https://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/stage-shows-will-not-be-affected-by-new-government_52363.html



Posted on 11/09/2020

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Comment from Sara Fensome sarafensome73@gmail.com 11/09/2020

Please can you confirm if this also applies to amateur dramatic groups who put on shows in schools and halls.

Peter's Response:
Hi Sara,

My understanding is that as long as your hall/school is COVID secure and that you observe social distancing at all times shows can go ahead. The operative phrase here is that “there must not be individual groups of more than six” meaning that social distancing in your audience may allow groups of up to six people to sit together but that group must be socially distanced from the rest of the audience.

If you take a look at the #NoticeBoard section of www.dramagroups.com you will find links to the Government website giving guidance for people who work in performing arts throughout the UK, this includes arts organisations, venue operators and participants.

I hope that helps although I should add that I am in no way an expert in these matters you should read the government guidance for yourself and talk with the people responsible for the operation of your venue.

Best Wishes,
Peter

 

 

 

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He writes in French and English. His first book "Tales of Simpler Times" is a story about nostalgia, times gone by ,and the good old vibes of childhood, love, thought, humour. His words are a joy.

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Posted on 12/09/2020

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COVID-19: 12 Features for Safer AMDRAM Performances

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Posted on 28/08/2020

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Government guidance has been updated to allow singers to be distanced less than three metres apart in light of a study that found singing carried no more risk than talking, with @SOLTnews and @uk_theatre welcoming the findings as “very significant”.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has amended the previous three-metre social distancing rule. It now states that two-metre social distancing is encouraged for singers and wind and brass musicians wherever possible.

Where this is not possible, performers can continue with ‘one-metre-plus’ mitigations to limit the risk of transmission, which include using back-to-back or side-to-side positioning and regular Covid-19 testing.

SOURCE: The Stage see the ful article here www.thestage.co.uk/news/news/dcms-reduces-social-distancing-requirement-for-singers-in-light-of-study



Posted on 25/08/2020

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Banbury Cross Players

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PRESS RELEASE – 19/08/2020

What a strange year 2020 has turned out to be! We hope you and your families are keeping well. As promised, we now have further news regarding BCP activity.

In light of the continuing uncertainty regarding indoor performances, BCP have, sadly, decided not to go ahead with the production of The Thrill of Love in November 2021. Rest assured, we are 100% committed to presenting this extraordinary play and we will be rescheduling as soon as is appropriate. For those of you who had booked tickets, The Mill staff will be contacting you to arrange a refund as we are not able to confirm, at this stage, when it will be scheduled for.

At present, BCP are anticipating presenting The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband in February 2021, and our One Act Drama Festival in June 2021. Our May 2021 production is yet to be decided. We have a Director in place and they, together with BCP’s Play Selection team, are currently working hard on the search for a suitable play. We will announce details as soon as we have them.

BCP are in regular contact with management at The Mill Arts Centre with regards to their re-opening plans, and we look forward to being back in our theatrical “home” as soon as we can. BCP Members past and present continue to stay in touch with a weekly chat on Zoom on a Tuesday evening at 7.15pm. If you’d like to join in, please email us for details.

We will continue to update you as and when we have new information. Details will also be available on our website and Facebook and Twitter pages.

For any Gold Card Holder queries, please contact jeremyt774@aol.com. For all other enquiries, please email contactus@banburycrossplayers.org.uk.

Kind Regards

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Posted on 19/08/2020

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The South Devon Players Theatre & Film Company

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South Devon Players Virtual Season

PRESS RELEASE – 28/ 07/ 2020

Internationally award-winning Brixham theatre company announce an autumn “virtual season” of plays with an international team of actors and writers

The South Devon Players Theatre & Film Company, remain active through the Covid crisis, creating virtual theatre productions, as well as planning for the future.

This “virtual autumn season” is a response to the Covid19 restrictions on performing traditional venue-based theatre. While the Players hope very much to return to normal theatre performance as soon as practicalble and safe for both cast and crew, in line with the current government guidance, they feel it very important to keep working and creating in the intermin.
For the time being therefore, the Players have moved into cyberspace, with actors and crew joining us on screen from their home studios, in the UK, USA, and Ireland, rehearsing and performing online, where audiences all over the world can access the performance, and the cast & crew can earn equal shares of whatever is made from the online performances ticket sales.
For our online season, we have teamed up with three new writers; Ashley Griffin, Germaine Shames, and Rachel O'Neill
Broadcasts of the plays will be ticketed events, via a link to a hidden area of our .com website, provided to ticket buyers at the time of ticket purchase. Tickets will be sold via our website box office, linked to our ticketsource account.

The first play, due at the beginning of October, explores the power and importance of storytelling, Snow (a new play by US writer Ashley Griffin, creator of the pop culture phenomenon Forever Deadward, and the first person ever nominated for a major award for both playing and directing Hamlet,) follows three disparate storylines that all revolve around the fairy tale Snow White. Utilizing a structure similar to Cloud Atlas and The Hours, six actors playing multiple roles tell the stories of the Grimm Brothers (who originally collected and published the classic fairy tale), the Campbells (a Victorian theatrical family whose lives begin to mirror Snow White), and modern day Astrid (a young woman who, after her abusive mother puts her in a coma, must decide whether or not to wake up). Incorporating aspects of American Gods, and classic storytelling techniques a la Peter and the Starcatcher, Snow is a dark and moving play that mines our storytelling traditions both in style and subject matter. SNOW received three NYITA nominations and was performed off Broadway in NYC and developed at Playwrights Horizons.

The second play, due at the end of October, is The Lost Girl by Germaine Shames, based on the eponymous novel by D.H. Lawrence.
Alvina Houghton, the headstrong daughter of a widowed Midlands draper, comes of age just as her father’s business is failing. In a desperate attempt to regain his fortune and secure his daughter’s proper place in society, James Houghton buys a theatre. Among the travelling performers he employs is Ciccio, a sensual Italian who immediately captures Alvina’s attention. A celebration of freedom, however fleeting, and a testament to the power of the imagination to transform even the most mundane life. The script has been vetted by international D.H. Lawrence scholar, Catherine Brown. Jessica Levinson Young, Artistic Director of Untold Theatre, writes, “I absolutely loved this script for The Lost Girl. It has incredible pace and the dialogue simply leaps off the page!" . The script won Starlight Theater's 2019-20 Playwriting Award . Another of Germaine's D.H. Lawrence adaptations, THE VIRGIN and the GYPSY, received a reading at the 2018 Festival of New American Theatre.

Then comes Sir Walter's Women, a play written by Rachel O'Neill, for 2Time Theatre in Winchester.
This is a one-act drama that reimagines the life of the charismatic poet, pirate and son of Devon, Sir Walter Raleigh. The play looks at his relationships with the two most important women in his life; one domestic with his wife Bess Throckmorton, and the other political as he manoeuvres his status as a favourite of Elizabeth I to satisfy his political ambitions. His great error is marrying Bess in secret, to the great and lasting displeasure of the Queen. The play ends with Sir Walter's incarceration, trial and execution. Rachel’s plays, Tilly and The Spitfires and The Fasting Girl have had rehearsed readings at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton and her most recent work, Eager for the Air was shortlisted by the RAF for an audio drama marking the Battle of Britain.

And finally – William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew . A project by some of our team members, this adaptation of the full, original text, creative challenge exploring 'further developing on the idea of creating digital performance and new techniques of expressing characters, with the roles being split between two actors. Through painstaking character development, innovative performance, video editing, and use of online media tools, this production is going to be one which presents a traditional comedy, in a very new, modern way.

As is widely known, the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, caused postponement and cancellation of live shows for several months, for every theatre in the UK. During lockdown, the South Devon Players decided to resist the trend of companies closing,and the Players decided to create online performances, in which the actors come together to perform online from the safety of their own homes. This in itself has not been easy, as many people in the team, have had to learn new technology & software, and find ways to make it work on household electronics, with the cast and crew working from their lockdown locations mainly in south Devon but also sheltering in place spread across the UK, as well as the Republic of Ireland, and the USA. .

The South Devon Players Theatre and Film Company, are developing a proud tradition of creating world-class historical and classical dramas. In 2019, their production of Macbeth, was booked for a second tour and won an international theatre award in New York for its professionalism and creativity. Laura Jury, the director of that production of Macbeth, & many of the Player's shows, and founder of the theatre company, has returned to lead this new project. Laura has also recently been selected to appear in an online Shakespeare project by the Globe Theatre. With lockdown, the Players have been using the internet to perform and livestream digital theatre from Brixham, around the world to global audiences
The South Devon Players were founded in the winter of 2005-6, on the proceeds of a carboot sale, to create professional opportunities for local actors, and has flourished ever since; previously winning national and regional arts awards, including the national Epic Award 2017 for England, a national arts award celebrating creativity and innovation in grassroots arts. Based in Brixham, the Players primarily specialise in researched historical theatre productions and old “Classics”.


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Posted on 14/08/2020

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Audiences back in theatres from 1 August

Indoor performances with socially distanced audiences will be able to take place across the country from 1 August

Published 17 July 2020
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Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, The Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP, and The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP

Pilots underway ahead of opening up of indoor performance venues
Audiences adhering to social distancing will be able to return to indoor theatres, music and performance venues from 1 August, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced today.

The announcement marks a major step in getting the arts and cultural sectors fully back up and running, and follows the government’s announcement of £1.57 billion of funding for the arts, culture and heritage sector earlier this month, the biggest ever one off investment in these industries.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is working with the sector on pilots of performances with socially distanced audiences that will inform final guidance for venues in the run up to August 1. These include the London Symphony Orchestra at St Luke’s, London with a variety of further events in the coming weeks.

This announcement marks the move to stage 4 of the government’s 5-stage roadmap for the return of professional performing arts. Under the new regime, audiences, performers and venues will be expected to maintain social distancing at all times.

Guidance for the performing arts, published earlier this month, also sets out further measures to support the safe return of audiences, including:

Reduced venue capacity and limited ticket sales to ensure social distancing can be maintained
Tickets will be purchased online and venues encouraged to use e-tickets to reduce contact and help with track and trace
Venues should have clearly communicated social distancing marking in place in areas where queues form and adopt a limited entry approach
Increased deep cleaning of auditoriums
Performances should be scheduled to allow sufficient time to undertake deep cleaning before the next audience arrives
Performers, conductors, musicians must observe social distancing wherever possible

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:
The UK’s performing arts sector is renowned across the world and I am pleased that we are making real progress in getting its doors reopened to the public with social distancing. From August indoor theatres, music venues and performance spaces will safely welcome audiences back across the country.

This is a welcome step in the path to a return to normal and, coupled with our £1.57 billion rescue package, will help secure the future of this important sector.

Singing and the playing of brass and wind instruments in groups or in front of an audience is still currently limited to professionals only.

This guidance will be for organisations in England. Organisations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should adhere to the advice of the devolved administrations at all times.

This guidance will be updated as the evidence develops around singing, wind and brass instruments, and the wider public health context. The five stages of the phased return to professional performing arts is as follows:

Stage One - Rehearsal and training (no audiences and adhering to social distancing guidelines)
Stage Two - Performances for broadcast and recording purposes (adhering to social distancing guidelines)
Stage Three - Performances outdoors with an audience plus pilots for indoor performances with a limited distance audience from July 11. We will now also work with the sector to get small pilots started as soon as possible and will set out further details in due course
Stage Four - Performances allowed indoors / outdoors (but with a limited distanced audience indoors)
Stage Five - Performances allowed indoors / outdoors (with a fuller audience indoors)

See the full article here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/audiences-back-in-theatres-from-1-august



Posted on 17/07/2020

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No Pantomime Season this year?

The Culture Secretary has warned that the return of theatre performances without social distancing remains “some way off” following the Government’s announcement of a £1.57 billion support package for the arts.

Oliver Dowden told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the relaxation of guidelines, such as on planes, has only been implemented in “exceptionally limited circumstances” and insisted “slow and baby steps” must be taken.

Theatres, along with museums, galleries, music venues, independent cinemas and heritage sites, will be eligible for the emergency grants and loans.

Mr Dowden also told BBC Breakfast it would be difficult to get theatres reopened in time for the Christmas pantomime season.

He added: “I would love to be able to announce that pantos can return but I have to say it will be quite challenging to be able to get to that point.

“Because if you think about a panto, and we all love going to the panto for the joy of it, but it also supports local theatres, you’ve got granny through to grandchild all packed in together, you know how kids are encouraged to shout and scream at panto season, there’s lots of sort of interaction.”

Mr Dowden said he is working with Public Health England to see if the risks can be mitigated but he wants “to be realistic about the challenges of getting us back to that point any time soon”.

See the full article here www.largsandmillportnews.com



Posted on 07/07/2020

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TicketSource Launch Social Distance Feature for Safer Events Post Lockdown

Press release: 8th June 2020

Cardiff-based online ticketing platform, TicketSource, has launched a new social distancing feature for seating plans to help event organisers and theatres deliver safer events post-coronavirus lockdown.

In what is thought to be a world-first for any ticketing platform, the new feature provides event organisers with the option to automatically block out the seats surrounding a customer's booking, ensuring audience members are kept at a safe distance from one another during a performance.

TicketSource Founder and CEO, Simon Wilsher, explains: "By introducing the social distancing feature to our platform, event organisers now have the ability to determine the number of adjacent seats to block out for each completed booking. The result is the creation of a socially distanced bubble around the ticket holder, providing them with additional reassurance during these uncertain times.

Event organisers, in particular the arts and theatres, are facing challenging times ahead if they are to deliver safe performances following the introduction of social distancing restrictions. Complementary features like this are welcomed by event organisers such as Sarah Gent from The Witham Hall Theatre:

"We closed our doors in March and we are still currently closed. To have a built-in feature would help us plan and explore how we can fit people safely into our space. Being able to get our events back up and running safely and prudently would make a huge difference to us financially. I think it’s a really positive move and really appreciate the response from TicketSource to help support venues get through this difficult time. We can’t wait to welcome people back for arts events.

Adam Nichols from The Maltings Theatre agrees: "We can’t do anything in the theatre until we’ve solved this social distancing problem, so the impact of a feature like this will be very significant. The more we can safely maximise our capacity whilst ensuring our customers feel safe and confident about booking, the more viable it is for us to be able to reopen the theatre sooner.

"We want to help our event organisers get back to business as quickly and safely as possible," said Simon, "Being able to react quickly to the changing climate is one way in which we can provide greater flexibility to our organisers and help ease the pressure of the situation.

To sign up for a TicketSource account www.ticketsource.co.uk/signup



Posted on 08/06/2020

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