“‘In the Bubble of Our Making: Reopening the Arts in Northern Ireland’, commissioned from SLUA health and safety specialists, provides an extensive range of practical measures that will enable performance spaces, including theatres, arts centres, galleries, studios and arts hubs, to re-open to the public safely and in full compliance with current NI Executive and UK Government guidelines and regulations.”

This is a daunting and important document so I’m not even going to begin trying to summarise it. But along the lines of venues reopening in Northern Ireland, see below. 👇

Derry/Londonderry’s Playhouse Theatre

Derry Playhouse to resume live performances

This will be the first venue in Northern Ireland to reopen since the lockdown started. The normally 150-seater has been reduced to a capacity of 20. But apparently the reopening plan includes an “ambitious global broadcasting programme”, so perhaps we can expect to see some or all of their upcoming events online in some capacity.

Helping to Rewrite the Narrative on Digital Theatre Experience

More exciting news from Northern Ireland!

Funded by Future Screens NI and NI Screen, in partnership with Belfast-based immersive technology specialists Sentireal and Professor Pedro Rebelo from the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, the project will explore the use of Virtual Reality (VR) to enhance the audience experiences in context of social distancing restrictions due to Covid-19.