in quarantine
In a dark alley with red brick walls and a black and white tiled floor. A young woman sits wrapped up in wither clothes playing a cello. She is surrounded by candles in glass jars. A small socially distanced audience watch her sipping warm drinks
In a dark alley with red brick walls and a black and white tiled floor. A young woman sits wrapped up in wither clothes playing a cello. She is surrounded by candles in glass jars. A small socially distanced audience watch her sipping warm drinks

Making Theatre in a time of COVID-19

An audio tour on the grounds of the Actors' Church, Covent Garden 14-16 June 2021 10:00-21:00
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Making Theatre in a time of COVID-19

An audio tour on the grounds of the Actors' Church, Covent Garden 14-16 June 2021 10:00-21:00
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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

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Cast

To be announced

Creative Team

To be announced

Practicalities

This self-guided audio tour is entirely outdoors and will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

An Android smartphone or iPhone, headphones and internet connection are needed take part.

There is step-free access to the church via Bedford St and Henrietta St. While on the tour you will move around the churchyard including through paved and grassy areas. There is one area of the church’s grounds which is not wheelchair accessible: the audio tour for that area can be enjoyed from a nearby observation point. An accessible toilet is available onsite and can be accessed on request.

For further information about accessibility at this event, contact the British Academy events team 

A link to enjoy an accessible website version of the tour will be made available here from Thursday 17 June onwards.

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