A Covid Theatre Practice is Launched…

A group of theatre production electricians have come together to launch A Covid Theatre Practice – a platform for anyone who works backstage in UK theatre to share ideas on how we may have to work differently when theatre re-opens post pandemic.






The group consists of Gerry Amies, Martin Chisnall, Fraser Hall and Pete Lambert; all of whom are well known on the West End theatre circuit and between them are responsible for working on thousands of shows over the years.






Martin comments: “We were all well aware of the hard work being undertaken by a lot of people in considering how theatre can re-open at all, but we weren’t aware of anybody thinking about the finer details of what we do, and how that might need to change in order to get a show onstage i.e. how would you ‘do a fit up’. We then realised that we were as qualified as anybody to have a go at detailing what this may look like so we started putting our heads today. As such, with the help of friends and colleagues we’ve come up with a list of ideas and suggestions”.






Martin and the others have since written a document entitled ‘Production Lighting in a Post Pandemic World’, which looks at how production electricians may have to adapt to new working measures when they return to work.






He continues: “What we have written focuses mainly on production electrics as, unsurprisingly, this is the world we know inside out. That said, we would like to think that other departments are also having similar thoughts about how they will practically return, whether that’s sound, stage management, costume, wigs – the list is endless. As such, this is somewhat of a call of them to come together and get their own suggestions down – if not now, then when?”






Whilst the document has been written by some of the most experience Production Electricians in the West End, Martin insists it is by no means the finished article: “Anybody can disagree with anything we’ve written, of course, but we hope in doing so they’re about to offer some ideas and come up with a better suggestion, perhaps more suited to their particular situation. That said, we welcome all suggestions and if you have any comments on what we’ve written, or ideas of your own, then please share them either via twitter @CovidPractice or email us acovidtheatrepractice@gmail.com






The ‘Production Lighting in a Post Pandemic World’ can be downloaded here.




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