A series of peaceful protests are being planned around the UK to highlight the lack of government support for the arts industry during the pandemic.
The events are being organised by Creative Performance Protest, an initiative to put pressure on the government for support, with the protests planned for July 11.
Organisers are calling on performers, theatre workers and supporters to stand outside their local venues, which will have small performance areas outside them.
Performers will use the platform to start a joke, song or monologue before stopping suddenly and ending in silence.
The videos and livestreams will be shared across social media, with petitions and donation buckets at each venue.
The local protests will coincide with an event in London, on July 11, in Trafalgar Square.
According to that protest’s website: “Theatre has been left behind by the government. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has been slow to work out a road to recovery for the C in DCMS. This is not just a London problem, this is a UK problem.”
It adds: “Hundreds of redundancies, shows still closed for the unforeseeable future, and as yet no real roadmap of when they will reopen. We were told no one gets left behind, and we are.”