Senior figures of Cork's historic Everyman Theatre have spoken about the difficulties Covid-19 has presented.
The 650 seater landmark establishment in the heart of Cork, like all other venues, is currently closed due to the pandemic but is set to reopen during stage five of the Government's road map, which is due to commence on August 10.
Scheduled performances from March 12 up until that date are affected and The Everyman is currently working to reschedule as many as possible.
"About 30% of those are cancelled and the theatre is working hard every day with producers, promoters and artists, to reschedule as much programme as possible," The Everyman said in a statement released today.
Speaking about the toll the current crisis has taken, Seán Kelly, Executive Director at The Everyman said the financial impact has been significant.
"The Everyman is a not for profit charity and 92% of our income comes from ticket sales.
"This was taken away overnight which means we’re relying on the remaining 8% of our income – a mixture of donations and grants – to fund the entire organisation," he said.
"We've been very moved by the response of our patrons and their donations have been a huge support," Mr Kelly continued.
The Everyman says it is currently using its Arts Council grants to remain operational and has availed of the Government’s wage subsidy but the Theatre is calling for a long-term plan to help the arts sector.
"Theatres, artists, and the arts sector generally, will need serious support from the state and local authorities if they are to still exist when this crisis eases," the Theatre stated.
With the Government Roadmap in place, The Everyman says it is in a better position to plan for a reopening.
Artistic Director, Julie Kelleher, said she is looking forward to once again welcoming patrons to the Theatre.
"There is no substitute for liveness, for being in a room with other people, sharing the electricity, the heat, the thrill, the danger of bodies in space.
"In live performances, the thing that distinguishes it as such is the makers’ and performers’ skills in thinking about the audience and communicating with them on all sorts of levels, knowing how each gesture, sound, vibration that comes from their stage has an impact on the bodies and minds in the room," she said.
"This is a very difficult time but it’s also brought out the best in everyone and reminded us all that it’s a real privilege to be part of this team and to work for such a fabulous community resource as The Everyman," Mr Kelly concluded.