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Yesterday, in a statement regarding COVID19 the Government advised people to stay away from theatres. During this public health emergency, the safety and wellbeing of our staff, audiences and families comes first.

It is for this reason that we made the decision to cancel last night’s performance and tonight’s press performance of ROCKETS AND BLUE LIGHTS. Following this, as of 5pm today we will suspend all performances, rehearsals, activity and will be closing our building to the public until Saturday 4 April - the final performance of ROCKETS AND BLUE LIGHTS

We are in unknown territory and are busily making plans about what this means for our future work. We do not yet know what the impact will be across our sector, for the artists who we make work with, the participants that we support and for our audiences going forward.

Now more than ever we need your help.

We have an incredible, passionate, pioneering community of people who work at, visit and support this unique theatre – that community remains firmly at the heart of everything we do.

We are also a registered charity. The majority of our income comes through tickets sales and suspending all performances will make maintaining our business extremely difficult. Our priority is to safeguard the future of our company so that we continue to support the communities of Greater Manchester, keeping us all connected.

If you have bought tickets for any events during this period (up until 4 April), please don’t try and call us, we will be in touch as soon as we possibly can. Please bear with us, this will take a little time. At this time we also ask, if it is at all possible, that you consider donating the cost of your ticket to support the future of your iconic Manchester theatre. If you are able to make any other donation, no matter how big or small, we would be incredibly grateful.

We know that this is a big ask and the support we are receiving from our audiences and the dedication of our staff is remarkable.

Our building may be closed, our stages may be quiet, our hearts may be breaking, but we continue to be creative, to be writers, directors, artists and theatre makers. Our teams are ready to begin working digitally with our Young Company, our Elders Company, our Local Exchange Ambassadors and our artists. We are exploring ways in which we can all remain connected and optimistic.

We send love and strength to everyone at this difficult time and promise to be in touch as things develop. Together we will get through this.

Bryony, Roy & Steve
Joint Artistic Directors & Executive Director