On the 16th March 2020 theatres around the country were forced to shut their doors due to Covid 19. This has had an enormous effect on actors, musicians, directors, and everyone working in the industry. This is a short documentary editorial project looking at and highlighting the effects on the theatrical arts.

The COVID-19 pandemic sent shockwaves through the theatrical industry, causing devastating job losses for actors, directors, musicians, crew members and everyone involved in the performing arts. The industry rallied around 2020 Graduates, forming support groups and platforms for online classes, as well as a database of self-tapes for casting directors to reference – helping to lighten the blow from the ‘lockdown’ and give us graduates the best possible start in difficult times. It is at times like these that people need theatre - for even in the height of the recession back in 2009, West End box office receipts passed £500,000,000 for the first time, proving theatre provides the respite from the fast pace of modern life that people need. It is encouraging to see growing popularity in viewing online productions and concerts, as this will lay the foundations for the re-opening of theatres up and down the country.

In the words of William Shakespeare, P.T Barnum and all the greats of stage and screen:

‘The show must go on’

By Elliot Swann