Dear theatre friends, how are you? It’s been a while since we last saw each other. Has self-isolation got you going doolally? Is the company of your phone just not enough? Are you finding it hard to escape the ever-growing challenges of Covid-19?
If you’re anything like us, you’ve watched everything Netflix has to offer and the person leaving the fridge door open for the 50th time is starting to grate on you.
Why not join our #FioPen2PaperChallenge? We want you to feel free to write whatever you wish – get creative, be inspired. What would you tell your future self? Do you want to reflect on what’s happening in the world? Do you want to reflect on how you’re feeling and how you’re coping? Impart your wisdom to others.
Do you want to just forget this whole thing is happening? Just tell us a funny story.
This is your letter you can write whatever you want, but we just say make it you. Keep it authentic: don’t worry about spelling mistakes, you can write in any language you want. It just has to be signed, sealed and delivered. We love a pun, so please feel free to include others.
Send us your letter, including a return address so we can write back to you:
The Old Library
Cardiff CF24 2ET
Alternatively, take a photo and email it to us: firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you’re done, share a picture of your writing set-up and tag us @wearefio #FioPen2PaperChallenge on Instagram and then tag two of your friends to take on the challenge.
We’re about to go into further weeks of lockdown; this will have a major impact on all of us, right across the globe. But maybe Covid-19 gives us a chance to wonder about normal, what it is and how it will change. And when it does, what will new normal look, feel, smell, sound and taste like?
Maybe we shouldn’t fear the change but instead, embrace it? Anyway, write back to us soon with your thoughts.
Artistic director, Fio
Andrew Lloyd Webber has warned that theatres are likely to be closed until the end of September.
I would imagine this is partly because companies cannot get together to rehearse, as well as the orchestra and everything else that needs to be in place for musical productions.
Actors might also have various contracts in different places.
When airlines reopen for business, they may have to fly at only two-thirds capacity, leaving some seats purposely empty to observe social distancing. Is this option being considered for theatres? Whether the numbers will stack up for producers and venues is another matter.
I’m loving the new look. Thanks for keeping us all informed and entertained during these uncertain times.
Congratulations to The Stage on its new-look website. I think it’s rather sexy (and my little face is included so it’s bound to stir up emotions in the groin region). Don’t forget to subscribe. #dear
West End Producer