Street theatre company offering doorstep performances during lockdown

Street theatre company offering doorstep performances during lockdown

March 29, 2021

The West End on your doorstep! Street theatre company is offering Londoners the chance to book singers and dancers to perform outside their homes as venues remain closed during lockdown

  • Street Theatre provides range of performances for people on their doorsteps
  • Singers and dancers put on five-minute-long shows outside homes for just £30
  • Set up to support the performing arts as theatres remain closed until May 17 

A street theatre company is offering people in London the chance to book singers and dancers to perform on their doorstep as venues remain closed during lockdown. 

As England steps out of lockdown this week and people welcome the opportunity to meet with other households outdoors, Street Theatre has joined in on the action with performances outside people’s homes.

For just £30 Londoners can enjoy everything from classical ballet to an Opera performance by simply stepping out their front door. 

Street Theatre has been set up to support performers who have been hit by the pandemic and provides doorstep performances 

A range of performers are available to book for five minute performances, costing £30, including opera singers and ballet dancers

It comes as the entertainment industry continues to feel the effects of the pandemic after months of closures and disruptions to live performances. 

The Government’s roadmap out of lockdown allows indoor events with a capacity of 1,000 people or half full, whichever is lower, to take place from May 17. 

Street Theatre will see some of ‘the capital’s most talented performers’ taking to the streets for five minute performances.  

Theatre fans will be able to book a range of performances to transport them back to live West End experiences. 

The range of performances on offer include classical ballet dancing and a contemporary dance show as well as classical music and Opera performances.

It also offers doorstep performances for children, which the company hopes will help introduce performing arts to youngsters who may not have had the opportunity to be immersed in the world of theatre.   

The company also offers performances catered to young children, giving them a taste of world of theatre from their doorsteps

The launch of the company comes as the rule of six is reintroduced for outdoor gatherings but venues remain closed until May 17

Performers include Georgina Castle, a West End actress who has performed in Mamma Mia! and Dirty Dancing musicals and Opera singer Peter Edge who performed in La Boheme with Hampstead Garden Opera. 

In addition, talented Soprano, Natasha Jouhl, who has graced both the Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne, and professional ballet dancer Araminta Wraith, who is part of the Scottish Ballet and has played the lead role in Cinderella, are also available to book. 

In a statement, a spokesperson for Street Theatre said the company had been ‘created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it has had on the performing arts industry’. 

‘Street Theatre aims to support the performing arts community whilst making performances such as classical music, dance and acting more accessible to Londoners,’ it added. 

To book a performance, which costs £30 for five minutes, and an additional £18 for every extra five minutes, head to the Street Theatre website.   

The new doorstep performance business comes as six people, or two full households were allowed to meet outside today, including in back gardens, for the first time in four months, while the Government’s ‘stay at home’ rule has been replaced with ‘stay local’. 

Large crowd of young people have gathered in Hyde Park, Leeds, to bask in today’s sunshine as lockdown measures were eased and the Rule of Six returned

A group of friends enjoy drinks in beautiful spring weather in St James’s Park, central London today as the rule of six was reintroduced 

Speaking last month, Boris Johnson said lateral flow testing will be the key to eventually reopening the UK’s theatres and nightclubs.

Describing them as the ‘toughest nuts to crack’, the PM flagged up the quick turnaround Covid checks as a way to allow people to return to entertainment venues.

He highlighted that those places – together with other venues – had not been able to reopen last year under coronavirus restrictions.

But Mr Johnson offered hope for the stricken sector when he said mass vaccination – in combination with rapid testing – could help it reopen.

At a Downing Street press conference last month, Mr Johnson said: ‘I think we’ll look at everything. But what we’re thinking at the moment is more of a route that relies on mass vaccination.

‘And as you know, we intend to vaccinate all the adults in the country by the autumn.

‘Plus, lateral flow testing, rapid testing, for those bits which are the toughest nuts to crack, such as nightclubs, theatres, or those parts of the economy that we couldn’t get open last year. I think that will be the route that we go down.’ 

How will lockdown be eased in the UK until end of June?

Step One Part One: March 8

From March 8, all pupils and students returned to schools and colleges across England.

So-called wrap-around childcare was also allowed to resume, paving the way for after and before school clubs to reopen.

People were allowed to meet one other person outside for recreation, for example, to have a picnic or to meet for coffee.

Care home residents were be able to have one regular named visitor.

The Government’s stay at home order remained in place, with travel for non-essential purposes still banned.

Step One Part Two: March 29 (TODAY)

From today, outdoor gatherings of up to six people or a larger group from up to two households are allowed. These gatherings are allowed to happen in private gardens.

Outdoor sports like tennis and basketball are now allowed to reopen and people are also able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.

The Government’s stay at home guidance has ended and replaced by ministers encouraging people to ‘stay local’.

People are still being told to work from home wherever possible while international travel is still banned unless it is for essential purposes.

Step Two: April 12

Non-essential retail will be allowed to reopen as well as personal care premises like hairdressers, barbers and nail salons.

Public buildings like libraries, museums and art galleries will be allowed to welcome back customers.

Meanwhile, hospitality venues and outdoor attractions like theme parks will be given the green light to reopen in some form.

However, there will still be rules on household mixing: Essentially any activity which involves being indoors will be restricted to members of the same household.

Gyms and swimming pools will also reopen from April 12 but only on the basis that people go on their own or with their own household.

Pubs and restaurants will be able to reopen but at this point they will only be able to have customers outdoors. 

The Government will not be bringing back the old requirement for people to order a substantial meal with alcohol while the old 10pm curfew will be ditched.

All customers at hospitality venues will also have to be seated when they order food or drink, with ordering at the bar prohibited.

Campsites and holiday lets where indoor facilities are not shared with other households can also reopen but trips must be restricted a single household.

Funerals will be allowed to continue with up to 30 people, while the rules on wedding receptions will be eased to allow the number of guests to increase from six to 15.

Step Three: May 17

The two household and rule of six requirements for outdoor gatherings will be ditched but gatherings of more than 30 people in places like parks will still be banned.

Crucially, mixing indoors will be allowed again. The rule of six or a larger group from up to two households will be allowed to meet.

However, this will be kept under review by ministers to see if rules could be relaxed still further.

This is also the point at which pubs and restaurants and other hospitality venues will be able to open indoors, with the rule of six and two household limit in place. But groups meeting outdoors at pubs will be allowed to be bigger.

Entertainment venues like cinemas and children’s play areas will be able to reopen, as will hotels and B&Bs. Indoor adult sports groups and exercise classes can also reopen.

Changes will also be made to sporting and performance events in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half full.

Step Four: June 21

All legal restrictions on social contact are due to be removed. 

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