COVID-19 support activity

Update: October 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, house theatre is delivering a programme of work in support of its network of venues and artists.

Our activity is largely guided in response to the network, so we encourage you to make contact with ideas and suggestions for how we can help.

VENUE NETWORK CONVERSATION: Every 4-6 weeks, venues in the South East are invited to join us on Zoom for our afternoon tea, an informal conversation discussing challenges common to  venues in the house network. Find out more.
IN IT TOGETHER: Would you value some advice from someone in the network? ‘In it together’ is a network of volunteer advisors with expertise in specific areas to support venues in the region during this difficult time. Find out more.
VENUE QUESTIONNAIRE RESULTS: In the week commencing 11 May 2020, we asked venues in the South East to tell us about their current thinking. 72 venues took part. Nobody knows the future, but here is a snapshot of now.  We followed this up with a new annual venue survey which was conducted in May 2021. We are compiling the results and will share the findings.  
RESOURCES: You can find resources relating to Covid-19 via our resource page. Or select ‘resources’, ‘venue’ or ‘artist’ and then ‘Covid-19’.
FREE WEBINARS AND OPPORTUNITIESWe continue to update the professional development areas of our website free webinars and events from sector support organisations.

ANNOUNCEMENT: 19 March 2020

house theatre, an initiative delivered by Farnham Maltings and supported by Arts Council England will temporarily discontinue touring and events in response to government advice on the Covid-19 situation.

The full statement by Farnham Maltings is here.

With immediate effect, the spring season of house presented and supported tours of Ladykiller (The Thelmas), Juliet & Romeo (Lost Dog), Kaleidoscope (Filskit Theatre), Beach Body Ready (The Roaring Girls) and Slime (The Herd Theatre) are either fully or partly cancelled, or postponed until further notice. Any updates to later tours will be announced if and as they occur. If your venue has booked these shows, please get in touch to find out how this will affect you.

Please see individual show pages for full information.

The companies and venues involved in taking these difficult decisions are supported by house theatre, and we will continue to support them as they find their way through unchartered territory and make plans to remount tours or reschedule dates where they can..

house will support touring artists, theatre-makers and venues in the east and south east throughout the temporary closure. In times of isolation, a strong sense of network is critical.

In the next week, we will announce some of the measures we’ll take to foster that spirit of connectedness. We will look to provide online opportunities for professional and personal development for colleagues in the region. We will offer a platform for conversation. We will listen to the needs of the network.

We will also increase to fortnightly mailings. If you would like to receive those communications, please be sure to sign up to our mailing list, if you haven’t already.

In these unprecedented times, we encourage a culture of kindness, caring, conversation and creativity. We encourage you to stay safe, remain positive and take pride, that, although many cultural buildings couldn’t remain open for the time being, the creative sector is already taking great strides to connect with communities online and in other ways.

We send our best wishes to everyone affected, and we wish you all well in the coming weeks.