We are in unprecedented times. In light of the sudden and drastic changes to our working lives, we would like to take this opportunity to send a message of solidarity to all our fellow theatre workers – particularly freelancers – upon whom this industry is built and without whom our work would not happen.
We want to assure all the freelancers we are currently engaged with that they will have their contracts honoured. We are doing our utmost to ensure that we avoid any cancellations and limit any postponements, and we are continuing our work online.
We are working to ensure that ALL our academies will go ahead as planned, where necessary in an alternative format, and we will be holding our annual Constellation Creatives Bursary as planned in June. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep all our applicants and artists updated.
We would also like to add that we have been shocked and saddened by the number of racist incidents that artists, colleagues, friends, family and the greater British East Asian community have been subjected to and continue to be subjected to in the face of this pandemic. We utterly condemn such incidents. The virus has no borders, no race, no gender.
Let us all practise kindness to one another.
Be safe and take care,
Kumiko, Lian and Tammie
Arts Council England have produced the following guidance freelancers and publicly funded cultural organisations: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19
UK government Foreign travel advice https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
World Health Organisation advice https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
Benefits and self-employment:
Universal Credit: https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit
Employment and Support Allowance for people with a disability or health condition that affects how much they can work (including those who are self-employed): https://www.gov.uk/employment-support-allowance/eligibility
Useful facebook groups for freelancers:
Anti-viral work for freelancers and small businesses: https://www.facebook.com/groups/142964673673928/
UK Theatre coronavirus support group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/489300505097902/