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UK – A statement from Bryan Raven:
We are now officially halfway through the year (as surprising as that may seem). I don’t think anyone could have predicated half of the events that have unfolded over the past six months and, at this point, I’m sure we’re all wondering what will happen next; although we do know that we have the joys of the US presidential election campaign to look forward to… There are a lot of memes circulating on social media at the moment as to how people will describe to future generations what it was like to experience 2020. As we’ve all become a nation of binge watchers under lockdown, I personally wonder how this year will be conveyed in the inevitable TV drama. I’m sure James Graham is typing away as we speak…
In terms of industry updates, we continue to be blighted by uncertainty as we all try our best to decide (or should that be predict?) what the next best steps are. It’s disheartening to see so many redundancies being made but, until we receive the necessary government support, this is the reality of the situation we face. One way we’ve tried to boost awareness is by sharing the hugely insightful theatre economy graphic as well as several of the articles being written about how our industry drastically needs help. It does often feel like we’re shouting into an echo chamber but the fact that a lot of these articles are now being featured in the mainstream media does show that our concerns are finally being given a platform – it’s just a case of hoping that the right people hear them.
As many of you will know, we are still awaiting the perpetually delayed health and safety update from DCMS which we are hoping may lift the restrictions on social distancing and potentially give our industry a much needed boost. I suppose it’s a case of ‘watch this space’… Although we have noticed that a number of socially-distanced, site-specific productions are starting to be announced. As many theatres have confirmed that they will now be closed until 2021, perhaps these alternative shows are the way forward (at least, for the foreseeable future).
As always, we hope you find the below list of resources and links useful. We appreciate that, the longer this situation goes on, the harder it is to stay positive. However, we will get back to normal (eventually) and one day we'll all be sat back in the theatre watching '2020: The Musical' and wondering if the scene about the alien invasion is coming up...
In the meantime, take care of yourselves and stay safe.
Bryan Raven, managing director White Light
18th June 2020
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