updated 16 Jan 2021
This page is a central point of information for anyone wishing to put on theatre productions (filmed or otherwise) whilst the Covid-19 pandemic is still ongoing. Please note that current University regulations state that no in-person theatre or rehearsals can go ahead for the duration of the current national lockdown in England.
We will update this page and all its files regularly, but you should nonetheless stay up-to-date with the government guidance for the performing arts for the latest information. We hope you find these resources helpful when planning and putting on your productions, and please don't hesitate to get in touch with anyone on the OUDS committee or with the University Drama Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
The University Drama Officer has compiled a list of rules and guidelines for safe practice during rehearsals, which you can find here as well as on this page. It is every company's responsibility to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all participants in rehearsals, so please read this document and make sure your cast and production teams are comfortable following these guidelines. For any queries, please email email@example.com.
reheasal guidance v1.3
We have produced some risk assessment templates for risks associated with Covid-19, which you can find below. They include a template with guidance listing possible risks and suggested mitigations, which you can adapt to suit your production, as well as a fictional example and a blank template. These will be updated as new guidance becomes available, but you should nevertheless stay up-to-date with the government guidance for the latest information.
template with guidance v1.1
Social Distancing Statements
Social Distancing statements are now a requirement for Keble O'Reilly bids, North Wall Arts Centre bids and OUDS funding applications. You should check the details of each individual application to see what they would like you to include, but in general, these statements should detail your plans for ensuring the safety of all cast, crew and audience (if applicable). You can also use it to explain how social distancing is integrated in the creative vision for your production, and you could also refer to an attached Covid-19 Risk Assessment. Below you can find an example of a social distancing statement for a film shot in the Keble O'Reilly Theatre.
Example social distancing statement
The welfare challenges we are facing right now, in theatre and elsewhere, are unlike any others we have come across before. Since so much of our production process has now moved online, we have put together some guidelines on best welfare practice for online auditions, rehearsals and meetings. We also encourage you to get in touch with the OUDS Welfare Officer with any concerns (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com), to circulate her details with your cast and production teams and to have a designated welfare contact within your team. For more details about welfare in Oxford Drama, please visit https://www.ouds.org/welfare.
welfare during quarantine
Socially distanced theatre comes with a new range of challenges when it comes to budgeting and securing funding. OUDS has joined forces with several other student funding bodies to compile a set of guidelines explaining the main budgeting challenges and giving tips on how to overcome them. The document also contains application details for Michaelmas 2020 funding. For general tips on funding applications, please visit our funding advice page.