**UPDATE: FRIDAY 20th MARCH 6:00 PM
Today the government announced the implementation of new restrictions regarding indoor gatherings of less than 100 people. The new directive limits the number of people allowed in an indoor space to one person for every 4 square metres for all non-essential events.
At every step of the way HotHouse Theatre has responsively complied with the recommendations of the Commonwealth’s Chief Medical Officer, implementing all required health and hygiene protocols and reducing our house size, to enable the recommended social distancing practices for patron comfort. Our aim was to do everything possible to create a safe space for our theatre family to share in the experience of Peter Cook’s tour-de-force performance in Breaking the Castle, while supporting the artists and theatre staff to continue working, as long as it was deemed safe.
It is with deep regret that the new restrictions announced today leave us no choice but to cancel our presentation of Breaking the Castle next week (24-28 March). Your safety and the safety of our artists and staff are paramount.
This is an incredibly tumultuous time for everyone and we want to extend our deepest thanks and thoughts to our friends at The Street, Canberra – Peter, Caroline and the Breaking the Castle team.
We want to thank you sincerely, our subscribers, patrons, supporters and staff, who remain steadfast in your support for the company through this difficult time. We also want to acknowledge that this is an extremely difficult time for the arts and entertainment industry. We will be doing everything possible to support our local arts community and our peers nationally, through this crisis.
In the coming days we will contact all ticket holders by phone. Until then, please take care, look after each other and we look forward to reconnecting with you all soon.
Artistic Director & CEO
UPDATE: Wednesday 18th March, 12:30PM
This morning new federal restrictions on gatherings of more than 100 people were put in place, effective immediately.
On Monday 16th March, as part of our precautionary response, HotHouse reduced the house capacity in the Butter Factory Theatre from 162 seats, limiting it to a maximum of 80 patrons. The reduction of the house by over half is to enable social distancing for patron comfort. This remains in place, along with our extensive precautionary measures outlined below.
As of 10:30 AM this morning, there are still no confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Border.
Given this, we are committed to continuing with the presentation of BREAKING THE CASTLE next week. This tour-de-force performance will be a powerful experience for our region and an opportunity to come together as a community.
We encourage you to continue to follow all recommended health and hygiene practices and use your best judgement, joining us only if you are well.
We will continue to monitor the advice closely and keep you updated.
We look forward to welcoming you next week.
Monday 16 March 2020 10:00 AM
Dear Patrons and Supporters,
We want to assure you that HotHouse Theatre is responding in a real-time manner to the evolving situation regarding COVID-19, with the safety of patrons, performers, staff and the community being our top priority.
We have been monitoring advice nationally from the Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer through the Department of Health, locally through Albury Wodonga Health and within the industry through our peak representative body, Live Performance Australia.
At the time of writing, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Border.
Currently, the advice of the Commonwealth’s Chief Medical Officer is that there is no material risk associated with attending a public gathering under 500 people. Given this advice, we have determined it is safe to proceed with the scheduled performances of Breaking the Castle.
To reassure you of this, we are taking these additional precautionary measures:
– Advising ticketholders and event guests who are unwell to stay home
– Reduce house capacity to allow for patrons comfort
– Implementing a ticket exchange policy for patrons who are unable to attend any performance due to any COVID-19 related complications.
– Posting regularly updated information on our website for people attending The Butter Factory Theatre for all HotHouse Theatre and external events.
– Locating hand sanitiser in public and staff areas
– Undertaking additional cleaning particularly of high-contact surfaces
– Briefing our staff, providing Q&A sheets, continuously reminding people about hygiene
– Advising our staff who present as unwell to stay at home and providing them with the necessary assistance they require
Please check the website for advice on how to stay healthy and safe.
We acknowledge the vulnerability of the Live Performance Industry at this time and seek to support the artists and companies in our season to present the works as planned, until such time as the advice determines it is not safe to do so.
If you are purchasing a ticket
In these exceptional times we want to make sure you have a great (and safe) night out at the theatre.
Purchase with confidence knowing that if you are unable to come on the date you booked due to any Coronavirus COVID-19 complications you will be able to transfer your ticket to another show in the HotHouse 2020 Season at no cost.
If you are a current ticketholder
It is absolutely at the discretion of audience members to determine if they wish to attend the theatre.
If you are unwell however, we will happily exchange your tickets to another show at no cost. Should you require an exchange, please contact us prior to the performance on (02) 6021 7433.