Newbury’s Corn Exchange has announced its re-opening plans.
The venue’s autumn season will include outdoor performances, films, workshops and classes.
The outdoor programme starts on Saturday 22nd August with a performance by Gorilla Circus on their giant trapeze rig for a socially distanced audience.
From Wednesday 16th August to Tuesday 22nd September, Luke Jerram will present In Memorium, a large-scale outdoor installation to honour those who have lost their lives and to pay tribute to the NHS health and care workers who have been risking theirs during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Corn Exchange building will reopen on Saturday 5 September with a performance of Unlocked and Unbolted, a new performance written and directed by Bryn Holding to reflect the thoughts and feelings of young people during the lockdown period. Inspired by a series of online conversations, an ensemble of young performers aged 16 – 21 will present this physically distanced performance, either to a socially distanced audience or as a broadcast to be watched from home, depending on the current guidelines for the theatre industry.
From Monday 7 September the Corn Exchange will present a programme of films with screenings taking place in both the cinema and the main auditorium. There will also be a range of broadcasts screened, including popular NT Live titles, musicals, ballet and opera. With a significantly reduced capacity, spaces will be left between groups to ensure social distancing and full details of the film programme will be announced later in August.
The Corn Exchange’s Learning Centre will also reopen, offering plenty of ways for people to take part in creative activities with its courses and workshops. Sessions will be delivered in a variety of formats with some taking place in person with reduced numbers and adhering to social distancing, some will be delivered live on line, and some will be a combination of the two.
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Photo above: Adam Hillier