Football is Nothing Without Fans – Football, Theatre & COVID19

Football is Nothing Without Fans – Football, Theatre & COVID19

Football is Nothing Without Fans – Matt Busby

Bellshill’s finest football thinker, Matt Busby, predicted the uncanny experience of people watching cultural and sporting events take place in empty spaces during the Covid-19 pandemic.

I’m currently writing a book about theatre in-the-round for Methuen Drama (Bloomsbury) and the pandemic has caused me to re-think my introduction to this monograph entirely. My view is that the recent ‘presence of absence’ of the spectator in live streams from stadia and performance spaces has re-emphasised the value, and therefore the influence of audiences on cultural and sporting organisations. (more…)

Illuminating a Dark Theatre: Arts, Community, COVID19, Theatre, Cultural Heritage, Culture, Digital

Illuminating a Dark Theatre: Arts, Community, COVID19, Theatre, Cultural Heritage, Culture, Digital

On September 1939, at the start of the start of World War II, the government ordered the closure of all theatres throughout Britain, fearing that large congregations of people would be susceptible to aerial bombardment.  It was quickly realised that theatres were vital to the morale and wellbeing of the general public and The Gaiety Theatre, Ayr  was the first in Britain to open its doors providing welcome entertainment to the public and troops stationed locally. (more…)