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Freelancers in the Dark

This research project investigates the social, cultural, and economic consequences of COVID19 on independent arts workers across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

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Theatre Freelancers’ Pandemic Geographies

How did theatre freelancers’ locations affect their experiences of the pandemic? How might the geography of theatre-making in the UK—by which we mean the physical location, distribution, and activity across the four nations—have been changed by events since March 2020? In order to address these questions, we have turned to our 397 survey respondents. AnalyzingContinue reading “Theatre Freelancers’ Pandemic Geographies”

On the media coverage of theatre freelancers during COVID-19

This blog is written by Jacob Rayner Blair and is based on research completed as part of a placement on the project Freelancers in the Dark, facilitated by Manchester Metropolitan University. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic there has been a rise in British news reports concerning freelance theatre workers. Since 1st January 2020Continue reading “On the media coverage of theatre freelancers during COVID-19”

Launching: Crowdsourced Timeline of COVID-19 and Theatres

Since the announcement of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 we have witnessed unprecedented upheavals in our social and cultural lives. Policy has been announced and changed. Governments have U-turned. Lockdowns have been imposed and lifted. We have all tried to keep up with changing social restrictions. It’s been difficult to keep track of events.Continue reading “Launching: Crowdsourced Timeline of COVID-19 and Theatres”

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