If you’ve passed our building recently you may have noticed something looks a little different.
Theatres up and down the country, from the National Theatre to the RSC, are being wrapped in distinctive pink and white tape emblazoned with the message “Missing Live Theatre“. The group behind this project is Scene Change; a community of over 1000 set and costume designers, and other freelance creatives within the industry, who want “to highlight the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on our profession, and what we as an industry, our audiences, and our local communities are missing”.
On their website they say:
“The tape idea first emerged at a time when we were almost innocent – the real impact of coronavirus had not sunk in. The idea of the #MissingLiveTheatre tape was inspired by the hazard tape at the National Theatre, which was put up to discourage people from gathering there, making it look like a toxic site. Our version was an inventive and playful gesture: it was a gift to the theatres, a source of encouragement, a positive image of the empty, waiting spaces inside.”
“By the time SceneChange really committed to planning the project, we had no idea if there would even BE an industry by the autumn. Theatres were closing. The “Missing Live Theatre” message became more political – almost “missing, presumed dead” …still positive, but much more of a gesture of solidarity to the theatres, showing ourselves as optimistic allies.”
“The installations can once again be seen as a creative promise – a kind of “hold this space”, or a signal showing that we are “ready when you are”. Funding may have come in, but live theatre is still missing because there is no clear date when we can all work again.”
Here at Omnibus we are missing live theatre as much as all of you. We hope to be able to welcome you all through the doors again as soon as possible.
A big thanks to Scene Change for taping us up, we’re thrilled to be a part of the project.
Photo Credit: Elena Molina