The DriveINSIDE Theatre team were preparing for a socially distanced capacity of 800, with the potential to grow to 5,600 as social distance restrictions are relaxed at the Trafford Centre, commencing this weekend. Undercover, but with a part open surround, the model was thought to be COVID-19 secure even in areas which require Level 3 C19 compliance.
However, in a recent statement Beyond Theatre Director, Paul Levin confirmed the immediate cancellation of the inaugural weekend events, scheduled to take place on 15-16 May 2021.
“It is extremely disappointing that at the 11th hour we have been advised not to open before 17 May, when ‘theatres’ are allowed to operate under the government’s roadmap. The DriveINSIDE Theatre is nothing like a traditional theatre and we have worked extremely hard and invested heavily to ensure we can offer a COVID-19 safe live event experience,” Levin said.
“The DriveINSIDE Theatre is a tent, open on all sides, with the free flow of fresh air. The audience enters in their own cars and then occupies their own socially distanced space next to their car. We have been in constant contact since September 2020 with the relevant local environmental health professionals and we have followed all of their advice and guidelines. In fact, we were led to believe that we could operate at up to Tier 3 restrictions.
“It is ridiculous that we are being treated in the same way as a traditional theatre and it is completely unfair to the performers and the people who were looking forward to enjoying live performances again after such a long time,” he added.
“The shows that were due to take place before 17 May are being rescheduled and we are working hard to contact the people who had bought tickets as quickly as possible. We thank all the performers and the public affected for their patience and understanding.”