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UK – A statement from Bryan Raven:
Well here we are. Another month has gone by and we still found ourselves in a similar situation to when we sent out our last newsletter. That said, there has obviously been a few changes. We all let out a huge cheer on that Sunday evening when we discovered that the government had finally decided to give the arts and culture sector the financial support it desperately needs. This is a result of everyone's rallying and campaigning so a huge thank you if you were one of the thousands behind this. We are now slowly discovering how this money will be distributed (at long last) and we really hope it's enough to save the incredible venues and organisations we work with across the UK.
In terms of getting shows 'back on the road', there's been a huge effort over the past few weeks in seeing how theatre can exist with social distancing in place. I personally don't think it can and this seems to be the conclusion made by Andrew Lloyd Webber after his test event at the London Palladium last week. That said, I think the resilience being shown sums up both the passion of those working in this industry and the fact that there clearly is still a demand for theatre and shared experiences. I think the immediate future will be focused on outdoor performances and we are seeing a lot of venues announce seasons outside. At WL, we are delighted to be providing the lights for the upcoming Jesus Christ Superstar: The Concert at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre next month. Similarly, we are also excited to be supplying Blindness at the Donmar Warehouse, which is a socially distanced sound installation (now there's a concept that didn't exist this time last year...). What both of these productions, and the many others announced, show is that the audience hunger still remains; something which will hopefully pay in dividends when we return back to 'normal'.
As always, we've included below a list of updates, useful links and resources for you to look through. In the meantime, please do keep in touch and let us know how you're doing. We are starting to bring back our team so if you have any enquiries or just want to touch base, then please make sure you do so.
Managing director, White Light
31st July 2020
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