I hope that you’re all well and managing to stay safe and sane in these interesting times.
The committee last met in person on March 16th, 2020, exactly 95 years after the inaugural meeting of Knutsford Amateur Dramatic Society, as recorded on our website 50 Dramatic Years
It’s an interesting thought to consider what our society has seen over the last 95 years and survived and I’m sure that we will also survive through these current challenges and return again. I am certainly looking forward to our centenary season and ways in which we can celebrate and reflect on our achievements.
At present, we do not have definitive guidance as to when we can resume our normal activities. We have looked at the possibility of introducing social distancing within the auditorium, however it does not look to be a feasible option, with occupancy figures in the region of 10-20%. Aside from the obvious financial restrictions, we don’t feel that this would be the most enjoyable experience for either the cast, or audience members.
We will, of course, continue to monitor the current guidelines and compare how other societies and similar entertainment venues operate. At present, there is little official guidance to inform amateur theatre groups.
We’re aiming, where possible, to reschedule the productions by 12 months. We’ve had confirmation from the licence holders for The Addams Family that they are agreeable to this and Sean has confirmed with David Soames, author of Penny for the Guy, that this is acceptable to him.
Members of the committee go to the Theatre on a fairly regular basis, to ensure that the building is secure, check post etc. It is strange to see the set standing unused for so long and at times I would not be surprised to find a still smoking pipe on the stage, or a bowl of warm soup!
It’s been great to see that we have activities continuing virtually, with Paul’s quizzes plus the many creative projects that members and friends have been sharing online. This enforced isolation can be difficult for many people, so it’s important that we can continue to be a community and support each other in the best ways we can.
Jim BroughtonChairperson, Knutsford Little Theatre