Opening Up – a collection of new pieces
Curated by David Taylor
As we reopen our doors and welcome you back to live theatre, we invite you to come and enjoy our short programme of five new plays. With secrets half hidden and some surprise discoveries, each piece is beautifully presented by Tower actors, telling us stories of other people with their own versions of opening up.
Performances will run from 2nd-5th June; there are a limited number of tickets available so book your tickets now!
Love [and Survival] in a Time of Covid
A mini-festival to reflect on how we’ve survived the past year and celebrate our re-emergence … Planned to take place over three weeks, in a mixture of outdoor and indoor venues, from 25th June-18th July.
We have already received an incredible array of short plays and monologues, plus artwork and workshop plans ranging from puzzles to paper flowers and now the programming fun begins! We will bring you details of what’s on, when as soon as we have it.
We are also thrilled to bring you news of the another venue to complete our trio of festival stages – The Old Church on Church Street, which has recently constructed a beautiful covered outdoor space in Clissold Park. This joins the Arcola Outside in fulfilling our aim of offering performers and audiences the chance to create and view theatre in an outdoor, and therefore highly ventilated, auditorium.
For those of you desperate to get back on the stage, don’t forget to keep the 22nd & 23rd May free for our weekend of auditions! There are plenty of roles to go round so let us know – if you haven’t already done so – if you’d like to attend.
There is still some programming space available in I can’t breathe… an evening dedicated to the black experience in a time of Covid, curated by Landé Belo. More information about this is here.
A small team has been busy preparing our theatre for reopening. Plans were made when there seemed to be an opportunity for live performances last autumn and although the proposals were put on hold, the necessary works to make the theatre safe were put in place. The measures included simple things like placing hand sanitisers in strategic places, buying a thermometer and deciding that plastic tickets would not be issued. More structural things like putting perspex screens around the lighting and sound desks, fitting dividing screens in the dressing room and increasing backstage ventilation, have also been carried out. The theatre itself will be configured to allow audience members to distance themselves which will limit capacity to 50 at each performance – a good reason to book ahead!
Crucial to making our audience and members feel safe will be the procedures put in place by our front of house teams led by Jude Chalk. Their job will be to make sure that social distancing can be maintained and the Smith Studio will be put into use as a social space for pre-show drinks.
Keeping people safe as we welcome them back into the theatre is our top priority.
The Artistic Team said :
It is so exciting to think that after more than a year we can start to use our building again! Virtual Tower has been a great way of keeping us going but the live experience is one that has been missing for too long. We are thrilled to be able to welcome the Tower family back to its home again. See you in June!
Simona, Angharad and Ruth
The Tower Theare’s Artistic Team
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