Theatres are falling thick and fast,
with no funding, more worryingly,
no answers from the government.
It is baffling that pubs,
and restaurants can re-open,
and yet theatres still have no timetable
and no answers.
Theatres don't have drunk people
forgetting about social distancing
once they're a few drinks in.
Nor do they require wait staff
to wander around the theatre during a performance.
In many ways they're perfectly set up
for safe re-opening -
box office have full details of anyone
ywho has bought a ticket,
so track and trace is much easier
than a pub or a restaurant.
they operate on much lower margins than cinemas - but with some funding and some imagination,
this can be worked around.
distance between families,
selling every other seat,
short shows and no intervals -
theatres have the innovation and the ideas,
they are just waiting on the go-ahead.
The lack of answers from the government
When there's a timetable in place for churches, cinemas,
and gyms to re-open,
but not a single word on theatres,
the industry can only ask:
is this incompetence?
Or does the government actually want to see
of one of the most financially prosperous
and long-standing British traditions into the gutter?