DriveINSIDE: Manchester Prepares for COVID-19 Secure Shows

DriveINSIDE Theatre was set to open its doors at the Trafford Centre on 13 May.

With 30 live shows, entertaining 20,000 people over four weeks in May, The DriveINSIDE Theatre team are preparing for a socially distanced capacity of 800, with the potential to grow to 5,600 as social distance restrictions are relaxed. Undercover, but with a part open surround, this model is COVID-19 safe even in areas that require Level 3 C19 compliances.

The venue has been verified as COVID-19 secure and will feature Tier 3 social distancing requirements and the circulation of fresh air due to the exposed sides of the giant marquee which protects performers and audience from the outdoor elements. Audience are also required to leave their vehicle from the driver’s side, creating a barrier between each socially distanced area. While designated waiters provide bonnet service refreshments.

Paul Levin, the leader of Beyond Theatre’s creative team, had this to say: “The success of conventional theatre venues is often determined by a number of factors outside of an operator’s control, such as a change in the surrounding area’s demographic, the arrival of new competition, maintenance costs, and more recently a need to be able to comply with COVID-19 restrictions. The DriveINSIDE Theatre provides a solution. We can evaluate a demand in a specific area, negotiate land rental and bring entertainment experiences to where we feel that there is a demand. Bricks and mortar theatres have been around since the 6th century BC, now is the time for something new!”