Salisbury Playhouse covered in 'crime scene' tape

Salisbury Playhouse covered in 'crime scene' tape

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 2:32pm 21st July 2020. (Updated at 2:33pm 21st July 2020)

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The theatre's taking part in a nationwide awareness campaign to highlight venues affected by Covid-19 restrictions.

Wiltshire Creative is giving its backing to the #SceneChange initiative, which has seen more than 1,000 theatres across the country put the tape around their doorways.

It says 'Missing: Live Theatre' on it, as the industry continues to stay closed as lockdown measures are eased elsewhere.

Salisbury Playhouse Missing Live Theatre Tape July 2020
The tape stretches from the windows down to the door handles at Salisbury Playhouse

The #SceneChange website stresses how important it is that theatres are able to adapt following the pandemic:

"In this time of crisis, we are an essential part of the transformation that will see theatres being reopened and reimagined and ideally positioned to be at the heart of discussion around how the theatre of the future will work in a pragmatic, equal and more sustainable way."

Venues across the country have joined Salisbury Playhouse in having tape covering their building.

Brighton's Theatre Royal, the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon and London's Hackney Empire are among those with similar scenes.

Salisbury Playhouse Missing Live Theatre Tape July 2020
The tape is aimed at highlighting how theatres aren't able to reopen after the Covid-19 lockdown yet

Latest Government guidance suggests that some indoor performances will be able to resume from 1st August.

Audiences will need to be socially distanced though, and will only be confirmed once some pilot events have been held.

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