Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Last updated on 6 April 2020 at 16:17

Word of Warning things to see

In light of the UK Government’s latest measures, we’re working with partners + host venues to make appropriate changes to our Spring 2020 Performance Programme.
19-21 March | IDOL by Jamal Gerald was CANCELLEDRoyal Exchange Theatre will be in touch with ticket holders asap, please don’t call their box office.
1 April | We Are Fucked by Jo Bannon was CANCELLEDThe Lowry will be in touch asap if you donated when you booked a ticket, please bear with them.
23+24 April | Oreo by Tania Camara — further information to follow; tickets are no longer available.
21+22 May | Works Ahead from Will Dickie + Ross McCaffrey — further information to follow.

Other things to see or do

As our Weekly Warning signpost to perfomance becomes more sporadic in these unprecedented times, we’re collating things to see online here:
Until 10 April | Article 19 - UNCRPD by Janet Charlesworth with Proud & Loud Arts — multimedia performance exploring the UN Convention on Rights for Persons living with Disability, screening on YouTube: Tue 7 Apr, 7-7.45pm | Wed 8 Apr, 1-1.45pm | Thu 9 Apr, 3-3.45pm | Fri 10 Apr, 8-8.45pm
1-3 May | Gateshead International Festival of Theatre (GIFT) — a digital programme of performance art + interactive events (tickets available from 10 April).
Until 1 July | Everyday Moments by Hofesh Schecter / Fuel — a podcast designed to be listened to alone in a dark space; an invitation to move without inhibition.


#IsolationImprovs by Company Chameleon — daily invites to get moving, think creatively + reimagine your living room through dance.
Maternal Matters Lent 40 (+6) by Krissi Musiol — 46 daily domestic interventions on Instagram.
Stay At Home Festival from The Cosmic Shambles Network — live streamed podcasts, mixed-bill comedy nights + conversations.
United We Stream GM at 7pm — live music + performances by Greater Manchester artists every night (info).


Ben Kulvichit’s Quarantine performance blog post — an evolving diary of streams + recordings of shows to see online.
Company Chameleon’s Theatre Thursdays — weekly opportunities to see one of their dance theatre productions.
Exeunt Magazine’s resources — includes “Where to watch theatre for free online” (regular updates).
Fierce Festival 2019 The Movie — highlights from the 2019 edition; Fierce also have some Lockdown Viewing Tips.
HOME’s Great theatre you can watch at home — things to watch online for free (regular updates).
Live Stream Archive — a temporary digital archive of small-scale theatre + performance works (regular updates).
MIF Live — free livestreams, discussions + archive broadcasts from Manchester International Festival (weekly updates).
NRLA30 — performances + recollections from the 30th National Review of Live Art.
Stay Live At Home from Perform Istanbul — live performances on Instagram (regular updates).
The Social Distancing Festival — live streamed global performance (regular updates).

Help for artists + our community

hÅb remains “open for business” and we’ll continue to advise/support artists + freelancers in our sector where we can:


• Arts Council England’s Covid-19 support page — the latest advice, guidance + emergency funding measures they’ve put in place.
• Arts Council England’s Grantium guideplease read before applying to their emergency funds; you need to: 1. create a user account 2. create an applicant profile 3. wait to be validated (takes up to TEN days) 4. take the eligibility questionnaire 5. start your application (round one 9-16 April / round two 16-30 April).
• Arts Marketing Association (AMA)’s resources page — to support arts, culture + heritage professionals, organisations + freelancers.
• AMA also have a Coronavirus Support Facebook Group — for all arts, culture + heritage professionals who work to engage audiences.
• Arts Professional have a CovidCulture microsite — news + info plus resources, ideas + virtual events that could help you through the days ahead.
• Arts Professional’s guide to running online-only events.
• Exeunt Magazine’s Covid-19 Resources for UK Theatre page — an evolving collection of advice, resources + opportunities for our community.
• Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s new mental health services for people affected by social restrictions.
• IPSE (Association of Independent Professionals + the Self Employed)’s Coronavirus page — what they’re doing + advice for freelancers + the self-employed.
• Live Art Development Agency (LADA)’s Covid-19 support + resources page — aims to gather information to support affected artists + arts workers.
Live Stream Archive + Live Streaming Arts Facebook group — expertise, information + advice on how to share live performance with, and connect to, audiences online.
• Manchester International Festival’s Resources For Artists + Freelancers page.
• MIF’s Zoom drop in for artists + freelance creatives — join John McGrath + Mark Ball on Tuesdays + Thursdays at 2pm (also join the facebook group).
Money Saving Expert (aka Martin Lewis) has lots of useful information (regular updates).
• Paul Lewis Money’s blog on the coronavirus Self-employment Income Scheme (regular updates).
• Supercool’s blog on quick routes to live-streaming .
• The Centre for the Study of Media + Culture in Small Nations blog on making social-distancing live theatre + performance during the COVID-19 lockdown.
• The Space’s guide to live streaming for the arts by Jason Crouch — lo-fi and low cost options.
Theatre Support Information from UK Theatre + SOLT — advice/info about how + where you can access support from leading theatrical charities.
• Unlimited’s resources for disabled artists + freelancers page.


• Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy’s programme of funding for virtual networks to support the sector + bring arts fundraisers together.
Culture in Quarantine Fund from The Space on behalf of ACE + BBC Arts — commissions to produce new works in creative media (deadline 8 April, 5pm).
• Disability arts online’s new commissions (deadline 6 April).
• Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Culture, Creative + Night Time Economy team are announcing how they can help orgs, artists + freelancers that aren’t in their portfolio on twitter at @GM_Culture.
• Homotopia are offering £250-£1,000 seed commissions to LGBTQIA artists — to make imaginative new work, suitable for the current climate. 50% reserved for NW.
• Live Art Development Agency’s DIY 2020 opportunities — professional development projects BY artists FOR artists (deadline 9 April, 12noon).
Live Stream Archive — share a recording of a performance to add to their temporary digital archive.
• MIF are repurposing some of their artist development funds to offer opportunities to GM-based artists + creatives.
• Scottee & Friends’ Room to Respond — various paid opportunities: Producer Mentoring Sessions | Artist Mentoring Sessions | Home Video/Creative Response.
• Unlimited’s resources for disabled artists + freelancers page includes an opportunities section.