As soon as we finished performing Closed Lands at VAULT – how exciting that was! – all theatres closed down because of Covid 19. Like everyone working in performing arts, we have no idea when we’ll be able to return. We were also forced to interrupt all our workshops and cancel the June event promoted by Haringey Welcome we were supposed to take part in.
These are hard times, even more so for those who live in this country alone, far from their families, often relying on very insecure jobs that have often also gone. Which is why we’ve decided to try and resume our weekly workshops for migrants and refugees online.
Of course it’s not the same. Making theatre means getting together in a physical space. But in these times of social isolation, we want to try to provide a place where people can still meet and talk. Practice what we’ve been learning – breathing, vocal techniques, self expression – and keep creating. Keep resisting.
If these sessions end up producing material worth sharing, we might do so. But our focus right now isn’t to post content, just to be here for anyone who wants to engage, chat, reflect.
We hope theatre will be able to come back soon, but we don’t want to go back to “business as usual”. We hope this period of forced reflection will produce more openness to a diversity of voices, less obsession with sales and marketing and money and more focus on creativity and innovation. We’re not holding our breath, but it’s always worth hoping…
Stay safe everyone. And have a great week.