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Published April 1st 2020
Theatre to keep people entertained during self isolation
Young people in an area of Staffordshire are still being given the chance to be entertained despite having to remain home in self-isolation. With the widespread closure of theatres, music venues and public buildings in general, Tamworth Borough Council's Arts and Events team together with Tamworth Assembly Rooms are looking at ways to help people entertain their families in the confines of their own home. As the recently re-opened Assembly Rooms had to postpone all the children's theatre planned for the next few months, the teams are looking at ways of making online shows available. They will achieve this by sharing links, websites, downloads, stories, tips and freebies from the Tamworth Assembly Rooms Facebook page.
The first link is one that families have already found really useful. Every day, comedian and children's author David Walliams narrates one of his popular short stories which people can listen to for free! The stories can be accessed by going to the link: bit.ly/AudioElevenses. Adey Ramsel, Theatre, Artistic and Events Manager for Tamworth Assembly Rooms, is also sharing regular social media messages about the rescheduling of shows for the theatre. He said: "At present, the entire UK entertainment industry is trying to reschedule shows, and it is taking time, but rest assured if you have bought a ticket to a show at the Assembly Rooms then your money is safe. Shows are being re-scheduled on a date by date basis, which in itself is a slow process as the shows we have at the Assembly Rooms are always part of a huge national tour, which in some cases have over 50 dates to reschedule. Some of these shows have had to cancel, some have postponed and we will have new dates, others simply do not know yet what they are doing."
He added: "As with many industries, the entertainment business has been hit hard and some shows we will never see again as the creatives simply cannot keep going. We are doing our best to look after the shows previously booked. In the short term, you will have seen that we are tracking down as many activities and downloads as possible to provide you with your entertainment fix and keep the kids happy. We have many, many links for you but as we're all in this for the long haul we will release them slowly." Adey said they were also working hard on a plan to re-deliver their Arts and Events outdoor theatre programme as soon as the government was able to relax guidelines on social distancing and social gatherings. "We politely ask that people do not contact us at this time regarding tickets or refunds - please wait for us to contact you- and hope our audiences bear with us until we have more clarity from the Government and a new programme in place."