CODS Covid 19. Measures to keep us all safe.

CODS have worked hard to make sure your evening’s entertainment is both enjoyable and safe. We’ve introduced new measures to keep all our cast, audience, and our crew as safe as possible and would encourage you to check our website before your visit! 
 
Increased ventilation – during the performances, we will have our doors and windows open to increase airflow as much as possible.
 
Limited seating – we’ve made the decision to go with 2/3rds of what we usually would have for our sell out performances to minimise the numbers in the venue.
 
Hand sanitizer stations – these will be present on-site, so please do use them wherever possible.
 
Extra toilet facilities – we will have self-contained WCs which will be cleaned regularly, stationed outside for the audience. The cast and crew will use separate facilities backstage. The outside WCs do have a couple of steps, so if you do need to be directed to an accessible toilet with no steps, please speak to a member of the Front of House team.
 
Mask usage – if you would like to wear a mask, please feel free to do so.
 
Stage – for those used to the CODS shows, you might notice the layout is different this year! Instead of performing “in the round”, we have a more traditional format to make sure our cast are far enough away from our audience members.
 
Exits and entrances – our audience, cast and crew will all have separate entrances/exits to reduce contact through traffic.
 
Band separation – this year, our band are tucked away in a room separated from the cast and backstage crew, with the music fed through to us all with some technical wizardry!
 
Backstage space – you will notice that there is no foyer for the audience this year. We have enabled this area to be used as cast/backstage space to avoid congregation in the corridor, and we have utilised the gym as a changing room for the ladies to increase the space available for the cast changes.
 
Congratulations – much as we love to socialise with our supporters after the show and hear how much you enjoyed the evening’s performance, on this occasion we unfortunately can’t invite you into the bar area or mingle with you in the auditorium. This year, please arrange to meet those you’ve come to watch outside following the evening’s entertainment. 

During rehearsals, our cast have been completing lateral flow tests and temperature checks. Those involved in the show this evening, on stage and backstage, have completed a lateral flow test prior to performing. 

We hope that you enjoy the performance. The past year has been very hard on so many, so for the next few hours, sit back and relax and let us entertain you! 

AND FINALLY …
Please do not attend the evenings performance if you feel at all unwell.
We must all do our part to protect one another.

Thankyou .