Covid Update

acta theatre

Covid update – June 2021

To make you safe at the acta centre we have put in place a number of extra precautions:

  • Staff and volunteers are fully trained in new health and safety procedures and are subject to regular lateral flow tests.
  • Reduced our audience capacity to 50% to ensure social distancing.
  • Floor markings and signage throughout the building, and a one-way system in place.
  • You will need to check-in onsite using either a QR code or signup sheet. Our staff and volunteers will advise when you arrive.
  • Hand sanitiser available in the building.
  • All staff and volunteers equipped with PPE.
  • Air flow management in place to ensure adequate ventilation.
  • Requirements for face coverings to be worn at all times inside the building, including the performance.
  • Card payments preferred for Theatre Bar purchases on show nights.

Covid update – Spring/Summer 21

We are continuously reviewing our programme plans to enable a gradual re-opening, as and when it is considered safe to do so. Many of our projects have been continuing remotely, however from 17 May we will be inviting some groups back into the actacentre, although we will still be ensuring safe distance between people.

From 21 June, we will be opening to the general public, although there will be restrictions on how many people are allowed in the building. These opening dates are subject to national guidance and may change dependent on national restrictions.

We continue to proceed cautiously, but there is some considerable excitement as we plan to offer live theatre again this summer!

Covid update – January 2021

As lockdown conditions continue over the coming weeks and months, the acta staff team continue to prepare for opportunities ahead. The acta centre is getting an early Spring clean this year, and projects continue remotely, as we ensure that we are ready to make community theatre again, as soon as it is possible to do so.

The acta centre will remain closed this Winter, but keep in touch to follow our work to gradually re-open as the year progresses.

Covid update – December 2020

Following the confirmation that Bristol will be in tier 3 restrictions in December, it is with huge sadness that we announce the cancellation of Footsteps in the Snow.

It was always going to be a risk to plan a festive treat for families this year, but our community performers and staff were strongly committed to giving it a go and providing a little hope. They have done their absolute best to make it happen, but it has been taken out of their control.

This is the first time in acta’s 35 year history that we have had to cancel a show. It took a global pandemic! But rest assured that we’ll be back in the new year, full of opportunities and looking forward to a post vaccine era!

Neil Beddow, Artistic Director

All tickets will be refunded. We thank all our performers and audiences for their support.

We will continue to respond to the changing needs of our community this Winter – staff, participants, audiences and locality. The health and well-being of all remains our top priority.

How has the pandemic affected us?

In the end, acta’s whole aim is to bring people together to make connections, make friends and make original theatre – we have been testing new ways that we can achieve this safely this year, including outdoor shows, performance trails and a whole host of new films. Many of our workshops have continued online throughout, and artwork was created on doorsteps, ensuring that we stay connected with our participants and groups.

After the first Spring 20 lockdown, staff returned to work at actacentre in the July – October period, and the Company brought back some in person workshops and shows. Our work continues online this Winter, but new opportunities are being developed to gradually re-open as and when it is safe to do so in the new year.

For regular updates on projects and our gradual transition to reopening, and for links to all our new films as they are released, join the acta mailing list to receive the monthly newsletter and follow our news on social media channels (see below).

We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and will update the website with new developments to our programme over the next few months.

Please get in touch in the meantime if you have any questions, or need to discuss anything further? We sincerely hope you all keep well and safe, and looking forward to seeing everyone again in due course.

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What is happening to postponed shows?

We postponed all performances when the Spring 20 lockdown began, and promised that all tickets purchased will be valid for rescheduled show dates. So far, the Lockleaze and Bedminster youth theatres managed to perform their shows to small physically distanced family audiences this Summer, and a new project to develop the Drowning in Debt show by Lockleaze Stories into a radio drama is underway. The Clippies show (previewed November 19) has been rescheduled for July 21, and the box office is now open!