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Bringing our city to your living room
Theatre’s predicament in the face of the coronavirus pandemic is painfully unique. As the country starts to come out of lockdown, the industry is about to go into its fifth month of total shutdown, with no clear timeline for reopening and a promised government rescue package still yet to emerge. But there‘s another aspect that makes theatre distinct: 70% of its workforce in the UK is made up of freelancers.
From actors, writers and directors to voice coaches, movement directors, lighting designers and stage managers, theatre’s ephemeral nature means it depends on people with an array of skillsets coming together to make a production happen for a set amount of time. Perhaps only classical music is comparable in terms of its set up – and faces a similar crisis . A level of uncertainty about where the next job is coming from is priced into the terrain of being a freelancer, but now the only job going is the fight to stop theatre from meeting a tragic demise (and so far it really doesn’t pay very well).
While theatre buildings fight for their survival, the workforce that brings them to life is …
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