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Theatre Advisory - letter from the Chair

Dear All

I hope you are safe and well.

The Covid-19 crisis has brought many disruptions to our lives, and like me, you probably feel like you don’t know whether you’re coming or going right now. Your mind may be racing with all the things that need rearranging, postponing, cancelling, how to stay afloat financially and keep friends and family safe.

One thing I’ve noticed during this crisis - and probably you have too - is the ingenuity of people as we rise to the challenges of this time. Things we never thought possible have happened in a matter of days: government spending on a level we haven’t seen for decades in UK; tens of thousands of food parcels delivered to clinically vulnerable people; hundreds of thousands of volunteers for the NHS.

The 'change curve' derived from the work of Kubler-Ross describes the internal emotional journey that individuals typically experience when dealing with change and transition, especially when this is imposed on us by factors we have no control over, such as this crisis. This journey consists of a number of stages that people go through: shock and denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. I found this link (include link www.cdn.prdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Crisis-comms-stages-grief-graphic-1002x1024.jpg ) explaining it very well! It is worth reminding ourselves that all those feelings are normal in the given circumstances and we must get to “acceptance” in order to adopt the beliefs and attitudes that will lead to the behaviour changes needed to fight COVID-19 and flatten the curve. Those include social distancing, self-isolating if sick and just staying home in general.

There is a lot of help and support available from many sources including both IOSH and the theatre industry bodies. IOSH have a page dedicated to the Coronavirus (include link) which has plenty of information and advice. The IOSH theatre group will be publishing some guidance on the microsites as they become available.

Leading theatrical charities have also come together to centralise information about how and where you can access support if you work in the theatre industry. www.theatresupport.info/

One positive from the strange times that we're living in is that we might find ourselves with more free time than usual, and alongside the start of a brand new season, there's no better time than now to try all the things we've been putting aside: catch up on your CPD, read that book or article you’ve been meaning to read, find some online e-learning, watch as many webinars as you can bear….

Take care,

Dominique Perrissin, Chair of the IOSH Theatre Group