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Message about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Hello,

The world has been turned upside down with the horrible COVID -19 and it is a very worrying and upsetting time.

Due to the government’s prediction that the peak of the Coronavirus outbreak could be around May, we have taken a number of precautionary measures and are postponing some of our forthcoming activities and shows as follows:

 

EASTER SCHOOL HOLIDAY

Date: Tuesday, 14th to Friday, 17th April

Time: Between 10am and 12pm

Venue: Trinity Church, South Malling, Church Lane, Lewes, BN7 2JA

Limited availability. Booking essential.

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All forthcoming productions have been moved to later on in the year when the government advises that it is safe to have live events running again.

We are monitoring developments very closely via the UK government and World Health Organisation websites, and until we are advised to stop our rehearsals and classes, we will continue.

Each of our drama groups is attended by less than 30 individuals at a time in venues where extra precautions for hygiene have been implemented.

We are thinking of ways to ensure that rehearsals aren’t badly affected by a potential lockdown in the UK as we are aware of how this could affect mental wellbeing of our members whilst being isolated at home.

Hobbies and fun activities should continue where possible to reduce anxiety, so if schools are closed and terms are cut short, then here are a number of ways that Lewes Drama Collective may help members to get through the tough times ahead:

  • Set up 1-2-1 or small group video conference calls to run rehearsals from home. Obviously for many of our members, this would need approval from parents / guardians / carers. Skype, WhatsApp or Google Hangouts have the same user ratings on Net-Aware.org.uk.
  • Make up for any missed rehearsal hours after the lockdown during specially scheduled weekend sessions

With regards performances, these are run at the All Saints Centre in Lewes in which we would usually have a maximum of 170 audience members (which is still considered a small-scale event size). 

Given the current circumstances and outlook, we may reduce the number of seats and limit ticket availability for our forthcoming productions. 

Additionally, we may advise audience members to book seats with spaces in between sections (for instance, if you need to book a row of four tickets, then make sure there is a seat spare on either side). 

To protect your booking, we would strongly recommend that audience members select the Booking Protect option when booking tickets (tick box next to “Tick the box to include refund protection with your booking”) so as to guarantee a refund in case of illness.

In the meantime, we would ask everyone to please be vigilant with hand washing and please do not come to rehearsals if there is even a modicum of suspicion of the symptoms (high fever, cough, shortness of breath).

Please keep safe and be positive, let’s beat this bug together!

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