I’m delighted to let you know that after careful review of the current government guidelines, the General Council has agreed that we can continue with rehearsals, performances and film nights under the new Tier 2 restrictions in London boroughs.
We’ve succeeded in making the Old Fire Station Covid-secure and we’ve put in place new ways of working to make sure that all activities are socially-distanced and do not involve people mixing. This is going to be challenging, but in order to keep SLT up and running I’m sure we’ll all put the extra effort in.
The big caveat is that to allow us to continue, everyone needs to stick resolutely to the guidelines we have in place to keep our activities safe and Covid-secure – and we’ll continue to review those procedures to make sure they’re working.
All directors are being briefed by Theatre Committee so they know how they need to run rehearsals, and all stage managers are being trained to make sure they know how to run shows safely. Bar, box office and front of house volunteers have already been fully briefed by team leaders, and any who come on board from now on can expect to receive the new instructions too.
I also need to remind you please not to come to the Old Fire Station unless you’re booked in through either the building manager or theatre committee, have registered for a volunteering spot, or are rehearsing or seeing a show (of course!). We must wear face coverings while in the building (unless medically exempt), avoid people accidentally mixing and keep on top of what needs cleaning and when. (We have secured additional funding to help us take care of the extra cleaning.) And of course if you show symptoms of Covid-19, please stay at home and let your director or team leader know.
I can’t over-emphasise how important it is to follow all the rules, so that we comply with the current regulations, but more importantly to keep everyone safe. Of course, things may change – and quickly. So please keep an eye on the newsletter, website and members’ Facebook group for the latest information.
I hope you’ll agree this is such good news, following on from the success of the first in our After the Interval season of live one-act plays. Not only were people delighted with the production, but the feedback on how safe and confident people felt coming into our theatre was wonderful. And I can’t wait for you to come down and experience more live theatre at SLT.
Thank you all,