Covid has seen many theatres across the country suffer huge loss in revenue due to the downturn in audience numbers. But whether professional or volunteer run, every theatre needs bums on seats to ensure the production is paid for, otherwise what is the point in putting on the work?

Something I have talked about for years, both as Chair of an Arts Association and through my blogs, is this idea that theatre is not the building, it’s what we do. Carnival is theatre, but we don’t put it in a building, Amal the 3.5 metre high puppet the travelled 8000km across Europe was theatre. Busking is theatre and so is flash mobs.

We now have immersive theatre, where the audience become part of the performance. So it is possible the better question to ask would be, are theatre buildings as we know them still relevant today as they were when they were first built?

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