The Ballad of Corona V

A socially distanced production at The Big House
28 October – 19 December 2020

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The Ballad of Corona V written by David Watson, with music by Jammz, will be a unique theatrical experience for groups of six audience members, with admission times staggered over 15 minute slots, taking you on a darkly comic, musical journey through our building to tell you the story of Corona V.

London 2020. It came from the East. Or was it the West? 

Or is it the 5G ting anyways though innit?

Fake news and true stories; a free-wheeling, angry, moving and musical response to the times we’re in, told through the unique prism of the Big House. All at a two metre distance.

A household, a ‘social bubble’ or individuals can book to attend together in one slot, as each performance space allows for each audience member to stand the regulated two metres away from anyone else, (cast or audience member!)  We’re lucky to be able to transform our building in this way and respond so creatively to the challenges that the arts are facing. This will allow us to do what we do best,  while still keeping our young people and you safe. 


How many people will I come into contact with?

You will view the entire show in an audience group of six. The show is promenade, but not immersive, so you will move from space to space in a sequence to see each scene.

A one-way system is in place in the building with a small number of Front of House staff and stage management on hand to make your visit as smooth and as safe as possible.

Are the cast, creative team and production crew being regularly tested?

As per government guidelines, staff, cast and crew will not be routinely tested for COVID-19. However, throughout rehearsals and performance weeks, there will be daily temperature checks for all staff, actors, members on site. Following standard Covid-secure procedure for the workplace, all employees except performers will be wearing masks and will observe social distancing measures. Any member of staff who has any reason to believe they might test positive for COVID-19 will be asked not to attend until they have tested negative for the virus and/or completed the appropriate amount of self-isolation.

Are audiences being checked for symptoms?

Audiences will be met at the front gate by a staff member who will take each individual’s temperature and, in line with government guidelines for cultural venues, advise patrons on the Covid-security protocol.

What are you doing about the possibility of airborne transmission?

The production will make use of the outdoor areas of The Big House. Audiences will wait outside before the show starts and the bar will be table service in your bubble of six. Each internal performance space will have access to external air through either open windows or doors where possible.

Will I have to wear a mask?

Yes, please bring a mask which you will be required to wear at all times inside the building. Members of staff will also be wearing masks. We are aware that some people cannot wear masks for health reasons. If this is the case, please notify the member of staff who admits you at the front gate.

Will I have to stand in a queue?

When you book a ticket, you will be given a time to arrive at the theatre. Each time slot admits 6 people who will wait in a sheltered outdoor area until they are admitted to the performance. Staggered arrival times enable each audience group to wait separately, at social distance. There is no need to queue at a box office as tickets will be checked straight from your mobile device.

How often will the venue be cleaned?

Surfaces exposed to the public will be cleaned, including the toilets, before and after every performance.

Can I have a drink before or after the show?

As you are waiting to be admitted, drinks will be available in the outside waiting area. Payment will be by card only. After the show, drinks will be available, both outside as before, and in one of the performance spaces.

Will I be able to use the toilet?

There are limited toilet facilities onsite. If possible, take this into account before your visit. There is a toilet available for use by the public before and after, but not during the performance.

Who should I contact if I show symptoms after attending the venue?

If you start to develop symptoms of Coronavirus, you should self-isolate and get tested as quickly as possible. If you then test positive, inform The Big House and NHS Test and Trace will ask you where you have been recently and who you have seen. They will then get in touch with anyone you may have been in close contact with to advise them on what to do next.

Will I be contacted if someone has Coronavirus at the venue?

If one of your fellow audience members tests positive for Coronavirus following a performance, you may receive a call from NHS Test and Trace, asking you to get tested or self-isolate. We ask that you follow any advice they may give you.

Can I use cash to buy tickets/drinks at the theatre?

No, we are currently only accepting card and contactless payments. We are however accepting cash donations.

What happens if I miss my time slot? Will I still be able to enter the venue?

We ask that you do your best to arrive at your allocated time slot, to help us keep maximum distance between audience members. If you do miss your slot, we will endeavour to get you into another audience group but we cannot guarantee this.

Anything else I need to know?

As the waiting area is outdoors but covered overhead,  and all rooms will be ventilated, we recommend you dress in warm clothing. Arriving 15 minutes before your performance time, should mean that you won’t be outside for too long.

Bring a Warm Coat.

Bring a Mask.

Bring a Smile

We haven’t got Joe Wicks but we have got the Virus … and he’s highly seductive.



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