The below correspondence is posted here by kind permission from the Society of London Theatre
The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) is an organisation that works with and on behalf of their Members to champion theatre and the performing arts.
Self-isolation removed for those who are double jabbed
From Monday 16 August, people who are double jabbed will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. They will however be advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible. Anyone who tests positive following the PCR test will still be legally required to self-isolate in order to break onwards chains of transmission.
Please find a flyer here with information on the vaccination bus. We have organised the bus to be parked on Shaftesbury Avenue on September 11th for easy access for West End casts. The bus is offering the Pfizer vaccine which is available to anyone 16 and over. They offer both 1st and 2nd doses, 2nd doses are only available for those where there is an 8 week gap between 1st and 2nd doses. Details of the vaccine bus locations can be found here. Below is the bus schedule for the next week:
|Monday||16/08/2021||WCC||TFL – Victoria Station approach (Wilton Street entrance)||12:00 – 18:00|
|Tuesday||17/08/2021||RBKC||Kensington Town Hall Court Yard||09:00 – 15:00|
|Wednesday||18/08/2021||RBKC||St Luke & Christ Church, Sydney Street, SW3||10:00 – 16:00|
|Friday||20/08/2021||RBKC||Chelsea Festival, Blantyre Street SW10 (at Worlds End Estate)||12:00 – 17:00|
|Saturday||21/08/2021||WCC||WECH Summer Festival, Tamplin Mews Gardens. Bus would be located on Chippenham Road W9 2AH||10:00 – 17:00|
|Sunday||22/08/2021||RBKC||Sainsburys Car park, Ladbroke Grove W10 5AA||10:00 – 14:00|
Please also see the below links from the NHS to share with cast and staff:
- Download an employer toolkit (includes Q&As, posters etc)
- NHS London social channels: Instagram, Twitter
- Comms materials – this has:
- Extensive FAQs, including fertility-specific FAQs
- Videos in some of the many different languages spoken in London
- Resources for younger Londoners
- Vaccine facts
Please download our PowerPoint featuring some of the highlights of the Back On Stage campaign so far. This week we have been offered a free DEP campaign at central London stations for the Back On Stage campaign.
We will be sharing plans for September shortly as we want to ensure that we are doing everything we can to support theatres across the county as they reopen. Latest information from Indigo shows that the act of attending an event boosts audience confidence so please continue to encourage your audiences and cast to share their experiences with the #BackOnStage and to also ensure that you are prominently displaying the See it Safely mark – and that you are using both in all your comms so we can paint a positive picture of theatres reopening. If you haven’t applied for See it Safely, please complete the form here.
We have updated the media briefing to include the latest details on insurance.
We are running a free crisis and reputation comms webinar for press reps on Thursday 23 Sept (2 – 3:30pm) led by Angela Coles, who specialises in media training and crisis/reputation management. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
September press moment
As we approach September, we’re planning several press opportunities celebrating the return of theatre around the UK, and encouraging audiences to book for shows. Current conversations include Mail on Sunday, Telegraph, BBC Breakfast & ITV This Morning, and we want to use West End Live as a focal point while also including stories from regional venues.
115,000 tickets have now been sold in Kids Week.
As part of Kids Week, we are running a series of free outdoor family experiences this month in Leicester Square Gardens, thanks to support from the Mayor of London. From 23rd to 27th August, there will be activities available for a range of ages each day, from shows such as Billionaire Boy, Mary Poppins and Disney’s The Lion King. Join in with theatrical storytelling, dance classes, magic, singalongs, and more!
This week we shared a video of UK stage stars reading bestseller Broadway Baby for Kids Week. Take a look here. A portion of proceeds from sales of the book will benefit the Theatre Artists Fund.
Action: help us make the case to government to protect funding for arts subjects in Higher Education
Alongside other bodies in the cultural/creative sector, SOLT/UKT is collecting evidence to strengthen our work supporting HE creative arts courses as a vital part of the creative industries talent pipeline and landscape. This evidence will be submitted to government as part of a major lobbying effort.
As part of our submission, we need to provide 2 or 3 case studies of recent graduates employed in the theatre sector who have benefited from a creative arts course, profiling them, their employer and their course.
Please share this with members of your team and ask them to put forward someone who is willing to tell their story. Please contact David by email: email@example.com.
Coronavirus Recovery Guidance
- Coronavirus Recovery Updates and Guidance – for SOLT Members
- Coronavirus Recovery Updates and Guidance – for UK Theatre Members
- Media Briefing Notes
- See It Safely Toolkit
- Working Safely During Coronavirus – Guidance
- Coronavirus Government Guidance Library
- Theatre Helpline
- Wellbeing resources webpage
- Mental health and wellbeing webinars (TheatreMeansBusiness.info)