Why does live performance matter? How does it help us to connect with others? Has living through a pandemic changed it? In March 2020, the doors of theatres and other cultural venues closed. During this period of crisis, theatre makers and theatregoers alike began to reflect on what is lost when live performance cannot take place, and how they could capture this during COVID-19.
Last November, on the eve of the second national lockdown, we gathered around a Signal Fire in the grounds of The Actors' Church, Covent Garden as part of British Academy research project reflecting on the importance of live performance during the pandemic.
This interactive audio tour invites you to explore the grounds of the Actors’ Church, Covent Garden – a place that has a centuries-long association with theatre in London.
Follow in the footsteps of the performance; hear and see its echoes. Listen to the artists speak about making theatre during the pandemic and share your thoughts on what theatre should be saying during this time.
Part of the British Academy Summer Showcase
The tour is self guided, lasts around 45 minutes, and you can do it any time of day between 10:00 and 21:00