Entertainment industry figures are asking the public to be patient as they try to figure out the best course of action as new restrictions begin to be imposed starting Tuesday, December 7th.
The new rules include a 50 percent limit on capacity for entertainment, cultural, community and sporting events, all of which must be full by January 9th.
The singer-songwriter John Spillane, who on the 19th at individual gigs.
I am preparing for my annual Christmas concert in. before @EverymanCork . I can’t wait to meet my ‘Mystery Guests!’ to get back on stage, I’m not going to tell you who they are now, you have to wait …
Get your tickets here: https://t.co/Tvv0BqQVb4@agenturinbloom pic.twitter.com/9v9ubBOLj0
– John Spillane (@JohnSpillane_) December 3, 2021
“It’s a very uncertain time and it seems like a step forward and two steps back, but I know a lot of other artists and those who work behind the scenes who are hardest hit than me,” he said.
“I consider myself happier than others because I’m more established and have other work to do, like the contract debate songs in the National Concert Hall, which is being pushed.
“But the government’s financial support for the sector has been very helpful.
“I have no resentment against the government or Nphet.
“I have no anger or resentment towards them. We all have to get through it together. ”
But singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow, who performed the first pilot live event at Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens last June, slammed the new restrictions.
“The announcement … destroyed all the shows this Christmas,” he said in a tweet.
“That is a fact. Because you can’t sell tickets and then you pick 50% of the crowd and tell them to fuck off. That is horrific and depressing. ”
He welcomed Art Minister Catherine Martin’s pledge to increase government funding to the sector, but said the industry was “the worst and will be treated accordingly”.
The industry will desperately accept this because it is still at the bottom and is treated accordingly. But until someone shows me a plan where every musician / venue / staff member in the Ent industry is cured for their suddenly lost job, this stuff feels pretty hollow https://t.co/JtUmZdiszN
– James Vincent McMorrow (@jamesvmcmorrow) December 3, 2021
Cork Opera House Ceo Eibhlín Gleeson said a number of options are being considered but it could be several days before decisions are made on the future of this year’s Live Panto, which opens next Friday and runs through January 9.
It continued to run at 100% capacity, it was effectively sold out and rehearsals are on.
The Coronas will play at the Cork Opera House on Monday night, but their Tuesday gig is now in question.
Ms. Gleeson described it as an enormously challenging time for everyone, but especially for those in the live entertainment industry.
She said it will take time for her and her team to regroup and consult with all of the stakeholders involved in the various shows before deciding how to proceed. She appealed to ticket holders to be patient while they try to figure it out.
Everyman Theater artistic director Sophie Motley said the announcement was another devastating blow to the industry.
However, she said they had made a strategic decision to be cautious over the Christmas season and limited panto ticket sales to 60% in hopes of increasing it in the coming weeks.