We are all aware of the disturbing and ever-changing news relating to COVID-19 – and the measures being taken across the world to prevent the spread of the virus. As we all face uncharted territory and unknown challenges, we are doing our best to navigate them with care for all. With our colleagues at home and around the world we must prioritise the well-being of the community.
Our shows and the artists we work with are loved around the world and we would like nothing more than to continue sharing our stories with children and families everywhere. However, evidence shows that reducing non-essential social contact is the best way to prevent spreading the virus and so working with our partners we have sadly agreed to cancel our current tours to the end of June. This includes Andy Cannon’s Space Ape Scottish tour; Andy Manley’s Stick by Me tour in Germany, France, Canada and China; and Daniel Padden’s WhirlyGig at the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival. Our duty of care to our company, audiences and partners is the most important thing right now and we must play our role in keeping people safe.
Thanks to our funders, some partners and careful accounting, we are able to make some commitment to our team and associates whose work is affected by the current disruptions. The theatre world – in particular the freelance community and micro-businesses – is being hit hard by all of this and we are grateful that we can keep our wee community going for a short time with hope that things will improve.
We are trying to stay positive and creative. As a company we will be doing the following over the next few months:
- Resting and slowing down – to take care of our mental and physical well-being as best we can in these turbulent times
- Spring cleaning – using this time to do a company tidy up
- Planting – new ideas for the future
- Learning – and share our learning online
- Playing – imagination and play are our super hero powers – watch this space (we just need a wee rest first before we will be encouraging you to play with us)
- Volunteering – we have time, skills and compassion. We will all be volunteering in one way or another over the next few weeks or months. If you have something that you really need help with that you think we could assist with, let us know.
The challenges we face are the same ones faced by our friends and colleagues at home and around the world. We are a strong community and it already feels very supportive as we face these challenges together. At Red Bridge we are grateful to our colleagues who are working hard to represent our sector and our needs to the Scottish Government. And a huge thank you to everyone connected with us for your on-going friendship and support.
Take care. We hope to see you online soon – and fingers crossed in person in Summer.
Alice, Jennifer, Suzie, Helen and the Red Bridge Board