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Theatre in crisis – where do we go from here?

1 July @ 15:00 - 15:45 BST

The UK’s theatre industry is in crisis. The theatre sector is projected to lose £3 billion in revenue and 12,000 jobs in the wake of the pandemic, according to the Creative Industries Federation. What can we do?

Join us for a panel discussion with children’s author and playwright Piers Torday, Artistic Director, Justin Audibert (Unicorn Theatre), alongside Executive Director, Holly Kendrick (Wilton’s) in conversation with SoA’s Theo Jones to discuss the impact of the pandemic has had on theatre. How have our panellists had to adapt their day-to-day work, as individuals and organisations? We will also consider the long-term effects on the sector as a result of the ongoing health crisis.


  • 5-minute Panel introductions
  • 15/20-minute Panel discussion on the impact the pandemic has had on the theatre industry and what the future looks like; positive outcomes and lessons learned
  • 20-minute Q&A from audience comments and any questions sent in advance

If you would like to send questions in advance, email Theo Jones with ‘SoA Live: Theatre Question’ in the subject header.

The line-up

Justin Audibert – Artistic Director, Unicorn Theatre
Justin is Artistic Director of the Unicorn Theatre and a freelance director of Theatre and Film. Recent credits include: Enough of Him (NTS & BBC Scotland), Anansi Respun (Unicorn Theatre Online), The Taming of the Shrew (RSC); Snow in Midsummer, The Jew of Malta (RSC); Macbeth/Winter’s Tale (NT Learning); The Box of Delights by John Masefield; adapted by Piers Torday (Wilton’s Music Hall).
www.unicorntheatre.com | @Unicorn_Theatre

Holly Kendrick – Executive Director, Wilton’s
Holly has led Wilton’s for the last four and a half years before which she was CEO of the new writing festival HighTide, prior to which she was CEO of the National Student Drama Festival where she staged the first ever International Student Drama Festival as part of the Cultural Olympiad. Before NSDF she worked for Cameron Mackintosh, the National Theatre and founded and ran Caird Company. Holly sits of the board of: Peggy Ramsay Foundation and Act for Change. 

Piers Torday – Author/playwright
Piers Torday began his career in theatre and then television as a producer and writer. Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, multiple Book of the Year accolades and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Award, his books for children include The Last Wild Trilogy, There May Be A Castle, The Lost Magician and its follow up, The Frozen Sea. Piers has also completed an unfinished novel by his late father Paul (author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, The Death of an Owl) and adapted The Box of Delights and A Christmas Carol for the stage.
www.pierstorday.co.uk | @PiersTorday

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1 July
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