2020 has been a crazy time for all of us. Teachers and parents have been required to adapt to schooling from home and it’s been a difficult and uncertain period for everyone. With the re-opening of schools for face-to-face learning and the return of students, things are starting to get closer to normal. Bookings and enquiries are starting to crank up again, and we can start to plan for a full return of school visits and incursions. We’re very excited about that; live performance is the lifeblood of what we do, and there’s nothing like experiencing performance first-hand for inspiring children socially and creatively.
It’s important for a performing company to stay active in times like this – maintain skills, keep social media and website information up to date, be prepared for returning to live performance. We at Carp have of course done all that. But we’ve gone further too. We were determined to maintain a presence during the lockdown and continue to provide entertainment in the best way possible under the circumstances. We’ve reached out to schools, pre-schools and libraries with a total of ten Virtual Performances of our shows, written, rehearsed and filmed throughout April and May. Some of them are available on our YouTube channel, some provided to schools and pre-schools, and others can be seen on various social media platforms via Melbourne’s great libraries in June and July. We’re planning more too, because social restrictions still keep libraries and many schools from hosting performances for a while longer.
The outbreak of Covid-19 has been contained, and the threat is easing, which has seen the gradual easing of restrictions and the return to social interaction. That doesn’t mean we can relax, though. In order to prevent a second wave, constant vigilance is a necessity. At Carp Productions we’re committed to maintaining the highest hygiene standards. Hand sanitiser is a constant presence in everything we do; we use it before and after every performance, and whenever possible beyond that. We wipe down all of our equipment before and after use, and wash all costumes after performances. We’ve adapted our shows to minimise contact between actor and audience, especially in situations where children are invited onto stage to play parts. We’re maintaining a 1.5 metre distance at all times. And we’re keeping a close watch on our health, with a commitment to self-isolate and have ourselves tested if we display the slightest symptoms. You can’t be too careful. We also keep ourselves up to date with updates from the Department of Health and Human Services.
We’re looking forward to seeing you all again! We’re open for enquiries and bookings, and we’re prepared – as always – to meet any challenge and continue to provide our high-quality, entertaining and informative shows into the future. See you soon!