The Stage [£] is reporting that the government scheme, first announced in August, and described by ministers as an “important next step” in the return of live events, has been widely panned by theatre producers for not going far enough to support the sector now that the details are available.
“The scheme, which will run until September next year, has been criticised for being too narrow in scope to apply to most theatre productions as well as prohibitively expensive.”
Announced with a fanfare, the sector initially gave cautious approval [£] to the scheme, (though insurers initially sounded a greater note of scepticism) but as the details become clearer, cancellations caused by self-isolation requirements among a show’s cast and crew or losses caused by any reintroduction of social distancing will not be covered.
Also, each individual performance will need to be covered – which is good for one-off events, but less so for a run or season of performances. Perhaps most damningly, the scheme fails to give producers the confidence that they need to proceed – the whole point of it in the first place.
Plaza are campaigning generally on this issue – they’re circulating an open letter [pdf] here, and you can add your name by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by end of Friday 17th September.