Head of theatre and artist development at Brixton House (formally Ovalhouse*) Owen Calvert-Lyons talks about life during the lockdown, the post-Covid future for fringe theatre and exciting streaming plans.
How are you doing during lockdown?
Lockdown has been a very strange experience so far. Of course, it has lots of negatives, but I’ve been surprised by the number of positives too.
Working in theatre can be all-consuming and this has given me an opportunity to redress the work/life balance and spend more time doing things I love other than theatre.
What does the future look like for fringe theatres post-lockdown?
While things look pretty bleak right now, I think it’s important to remain positive. Theatre is not just about entertainment, it plays a really vital role in many people’s lives, so it will certainly survive this crisis.
I think the most important thing is not to feel that we have to return to the status quo.
There are many things which need to change about our industry and this hiatus should give us an opportunity to imagine what theatre could look like in the future.
One of the most pressing needs is to solve the inequalities in arts funding which leave so many freelance artists struggling to earn a living.
If we can use this moment to fix that, then theatre post-lockdown could be better than ever before.