- 12 April 2021, 3:30pm
It has been a long time since you've heard from us here at The Old Town Hall and we finally have some positive news. Below is a statement from our Arts Team Leader:-
It’s been a while
My first hope is that you are all safe and well. There is little I can add to what has been a tumultuous year for all of us, locally, regionally, nationally and globally.
As we navigate the roadmap that will ease us out of lockdown, let me start by saying a huge thank you to my team at The Old Town Hall – they have been tireless in their enthusiasm, commitment and humour; it has been this that has kept us looking forward to a re-opening of The Old Town Hall.
If all goes to plan we can look forward to welcoming back visitors and customers over the new few months; but we must do so safely and in line with government advice.
Many of you will be aware of the ‘Pilots’ scheme, launched by the Government which sets out to assess how small and large-scale events can reopen safely. This pilot scheme has been described as “crucial” for getting venues such as theatres reopened in June this year.
Events such as The World Snooker Championships at the Crucible will “test a theatre setting” and evidence will be shared across the sector so venues can “prepare to accommodate fuller audiences".
Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has said: "These test events will be crucial in finding ways to get fans and audiences back in safely without social distancing. We will be guided by the science and medical experts, but will work flat out to make that happen. We want to get the people back to enjoying what they love and ensure some of our most important growth industries get back on their feet”.
Results from the pilot scheme should be produced by the end of May to help inform government decisions on step four of the roadmap.
As for us, The Old Town Hall staff will hopefully be returning to the office in the early summer; we are aiming to promote some outdoor performances with a return to near normal service by early September. During this time our website will be the main means of communication, so remember to check back here and on our social media channels.
The Old Town Hall has been the home of exceptional, exciting and challenging work for over 40 years; everything we do is intended to inspire and develop the way you enjoy and participate in the arts. As we leave lockdown we are confident that with your support we can once again be a small venue that is punching well above its weight.
On behalf of all of us at The Old Town Hall, we are looking forward to seeing you soon.
Arts Team Leader
As we begin the process to reopen The Old Town Hall ready to welcome you back, a number of new vacancies will become available to apply for. Please visit our Vacancies page for more information.
For the most up to date information on everything here at The Old Town Hall, keep checking our website and follow us on social media.
We can't wait to see you again soon,
The Old Town Hall Team