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Arts / Performances could return to Garrison in April

A new group has been formed to explore the long-term future of Lerwick's Garrison Theatre.

LIVE performers are set to walk the stage of the Garrison Theatre once again this spring as part of a project to bring life back to the venue during the pandemic.

Shetland Arts is looking to commission four productions with a hope they will be performed in front of a socially distanced live audience in April should restrictions allow.

It forms part of the agency’s Refresh Now project, which has already commissioned a wide-ranging series of new work from local creatives.

Shetland Arts is looking to commission four productions for two consecutive performances each at the Garrison.

The performances will take place at 5pm Fridays and 2.30pm Saturdays starting on Friday 2 April through to Saturday 24 April.  

Shetland Arts chief executive Graeme Howell said: “This next round of commissions gives performers and groups a chance to showcase new work on The Garrison Theatre stage.

“We hope to be able to present this work in front of a live audience and celebrate the live arts experience.” 

Performances may be up to one hour in length and they must comply with all Covid-19 restrictions in place at the time.

Performances will also be filmed and may be broadcast on social media. 

Should Shetland be under level four restrictions in March then the performances will be postponed.

If Shetland is under level two or higher then no audience will be present, with a focus instead on broadcasting the performance.

Although travel for work is permitted, Shetland Arts has made the decision to not bring performers to the isles from areas that are under a higher level of restrictions.

Participants will have to be socially distanced during the performances.

Application information can be found here.