Thursday 3rd June – Saturday 26th June
THE BALLAD OF CORONA V – THE REMIX
London 2021. The virus is dead. Long live the virus.
Has it all just been a bad dream? If so, then when did it start? Who is Stefan Prince? Do dickheads really matter? And can Boris bring us all out of lockdown in time to save Pancake Day?
Fake news and true stories; a free-wheeling, angry, moving and musical response to the last year and a bit, told through the unique prism of The Big House. All at a two metre distance.
Written by David Watson
Directed by Maggie Norris
Musical Composition by Jammz
“Bold, surrealist satire… a fierce, funny, justifiably furious response to bewildering times”
“If Dickens were around now, he would surely be writing for The Big House… a ferocious take on the pandemic”
The Ballad of Corona V is back by popular demand – this time it’s The Remix! If you missed the dark, subversive comedy by David Watson you’re in luck. Thanks to the incredible reaction to our first production we have a new tale to beguile you…
We will be welcoming audiences from Thursday 3 June through to Saturday 26 June in socially distanced bubbles to journey through our beautiful venue from 6.45pm every Monday-Saturday. Join us for an evening of dark humour and visceral story-telling!
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. Audience members will always be at the safe two metres away from each other and the actors.
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 outdoors areas of The Big House. Audiences will wait outside before the show starts and the bar will be al fresco. Each internal performance space will have windows and doors open to the fresh air from outside.
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, 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 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, we recommend you dress accordingly. You will not need to arrive before your performance time, so this should mean that you won’t be too long outside.