Category Archives: Theatre and Live Events data

Vaccinated or a negative CoViD test – new guidance in Wales

From Monday 11th October new rules came into force in Wales requiring people attending large events and nightclubs (or similar premises) to prove they are either fully vaccinated or have had a negative COVID test. You can read guidance here … Continue reading

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Women leaving the theatre sector after the pandemic?

An interesting-if-depressing report here (reported in The Guardian): “The research, conducted by playwright Jennifer Tuckett, in partnership with organisations such as The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, Equity, Stage Directors UK and the December Group, found that more than 98% … Continue reading

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Vaccination mandates

While, in the UK, there’s no formal legal requirement for workers outside the care sector to be vaccinated, in LA, Variety is reporting that punters will need proof of vaccination to enter… “…restaurants of any kind (fast food establishments, coffee … Continue reading

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Theatre employment problems must be a trigger for change

In this report (in The Stage [£]) about ongoing turmoil at The Barbican, there’s this: “Theatre workers with transferable skills transferred them. Now, they don’t appear to be rushing to transfer them back. Practically every producer and theatre manager I … Continue reading

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VAT gradually returning to normal rates

Since July 2020, there has been a reduced rate of VAT (5%, and not the normal 20%) charged on transactions in the leisure and hospitality sectors (which includes theatres and live events – a list of who it applies to … Continue reading

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Women more likely to leave the Theatre sector post-pandemic

A survey [pdf], earlier this year, by Parents and Carers in the Performing Arts (PIPA) highlights a survey it did of members, which showed that 43% of parents or carers were considering abandoning their career because of the pandemic. The … Continue reading

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Philippa Childs to Nadine Dorries: “Challenge bullying and harassment and support freelancers”

The Stage[£] has picked up on the Head of Bectu’s letter to incoming Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries. Philippa has outlined what the union believes the priorities should be, specifically… Tackling bullying and harassment in the creative industries. Supporting workers and … Continue reading

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Bectu Theatre Freelance Branch push for gender equity

Building on a strong piece in The Stage [£] from earlier this year by Catherine Kodicek, she has another article in this week that gives good coverage for the new Bectu Theatre Freelancers Branch talking about gender equity. “BECTU does … Continue reading

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Arts, entertainment and recreation 18.8% below its pre-covid levels

The ONS monthly estimate for July shows that the UKs Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by only 0.1% in July and is still 2.1% below its pre-pandemic level. Most of the growth was in production output (up 1.2%) while construction … Continue reading

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Useful material when thinking and campaigning about creative sector issues

I’ve posted a few links in recent days to the Nesta Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre, but the whole site and org are worth keeping an eye on if you’re interested in that kind of thing. It’s very high-quality … Continue reading

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BECTU declares ‘biggest push’ in its history to improve freelancers’ rights

If you don’t want it from the horse’s mouth, you can get it from The Stage [£]. “BECTU has launched a new branch for theatre freelancers, which it says is the biggest push in the union’s history to improve the … Continue reading

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Government theatre and live events insurance – “worst fears confirmed”

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 … Continue reading

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Panto 2021-2 revenues expecting a hit

From The Stage [£]: “Theatres in the UK and Ireland could lose up to £23 million this Christmas due to a steep drop in pantomime ticket sales, which are lagging significantly behind previous years, according to newly published data.” It … Continue reading

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Post-lockdown mental health concerns among theatre workers

From The Stage [£]: “Half of backstage workers are considering leaving their career and more than two thirds do not think that employers have put adequate mental health support in place for their post-Covid return to work, according to a … Continue reading

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RSC to offer socially distanced musicals for audiences reluctant to attend a full-capacity show

This will be happening in November and December, and audiences will be seated with an empty row in front of and behind them, and with one empty seat between parties, and with everyone (barring exempted people) asked to wear a … Continue reading

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Theatre Tax Relief paid out £74 million to 3,660 productions last year

According to The Stage [£]… “This represents a £3 million increase on the figure paid out in 2019/20, which was £71 million, and comes amid calls for the tax credit to be increased to help the sector recover after the … Continue reading

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Covid and live events – lockdowns may not be over yet

… and in direct contradiction of the previous post here, the live events industry was very pleased to hear that Spanish studies had shown that live events could happen without a significantly increased risk of Covid transmission, but times may … Continue reading

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Covid – mass participation events “can be conducted safely”

The Stage is reporting [£] that the government’s Covid pilot programme data has allowed the government to claim that mass participation events “can be conducted safely”, with case numbers from four months of crowds remaining in line with, or below, … Continue reading

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Bingo venues also take covid profit-hit

The FT is reporting [£] that Rank Group (Mecca Bingo and Grosvenor Casinos) are facing a pre-tax loss of £107m (they had a £13.4m profit the previous year). Quoting their CEO, John O’Reilly… “Last year was rotten, we were shut … Continue reading

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Visa-free touring – questions remain

Equity is calling for clarity on European work visas for touring. The Government announced on 4 August that nineteen EU member states will allow performers short-term touring work without a need for a visa or a work permit.​ However, the … Continue reading

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HMG – ‘reinsurer’ of last resort’ for live events industry

The FT is reporting [£] the long-awaited £750m insurance package for live events. Live events have been particularly badly hit because of the fear of lockdowns blighting almost any plans that are made. The industry response is broadly (and understandably) … Continue reading

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Creative industries employment statistics

More stats reports (two in one day!!) …. the Creative Industries Council publishes information on employment in the creative sectors. This, published in March 2021, says… “With an estimated 2,040,000 jobs – 75 per cent of them outside London – … Continue reading

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