Cork's historic Everyman Theatre to reopen in September

Cork's historic Everyman Theatre to reopen in September
The Everyman, which has remained closed since March, will reopen on September 15.

The theatre, which has remained closed since March, will reopen on September 15.

Although the recent update issued by the Government allowed theatres to reopen from June 29, The Everyman team say they need to remain closed until such time as it has implemented effective safety measures for audiences, artists, staff, and volunteers. 

They are currently reviewing all work practices and procedures. 

The Everyman has conducted a survey of its patrons to understand their concerns about returning to the theatre, and these findings have influenced the work being done. 

The survey found that many people are missing live performance with 84% of respondents stating they would consider coming back to The Everyman when it opens again, once the theatre had the necessary social distancing and hygiene measures in place.

The theatre is also using the current period to finish some upgrades to the building, including a renovation of the public toilets, accomplished through historic grants from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Cork City Council.

When The Everyman reopens in September, programming will be impacted by the challenges presented by social distancing restrictions and restrictions on capacity.

Adhering to the current social distancing of two metres, the maximum capacity for the theatre’s auditorium is 85. 

The theatre says Covid-19 has been a "serious challenge" for The Everyman, given that it generates 92% of its income from ticket sales which disappeared overnight in March.

103 events due to take place in The Everyman have had to be postponed, rescheduled, or cancelled as a result of the pandemic. 

However, Sean Kelly, Executive Director of The Everyman remains optimistic and excited about The Everyman’s future.

"Although The Everyman has faced grave challenges in recent months, we will soon re-open our doors for our audiences to enjoy great nights at this unique theatre.

"That we are able to do this is thanks to the support of our community and, of course, the resilience and ingenuity of our wonderful staff," he said.

"Many things about our environment have changed but The Everyman’s commitment to serving its public has not and, together, we can look to the future with excitement and optimism," Mr Kelly added. 

Julie Kelleher, Artistic Director of The Everyman, is also very eager to welcome patrons back in.

"We are determined to bring our patrons a programme that celebrates live performance and exemplifies The Everyman values of maintaining tradition and breaking new ground," she said. 

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