UK Theatre and SOLT have launched the See It Safely toolkit across the UK to support theatres as they reopen and to help instil confidence in returning audiences. By signing up to the toolkit, venues can show audiences that they are compliant with the latest government guidelines. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport are encouraging the roll-out of this scheme across the wider live events sector.
Federation of Scottish Theatre will administer and promote the campaign for its members in Scotland over the coming months.
Currently, Performing Arts Venues in Scotland can only open in Levels 0 & 1 of the Scottish Government’s Protection Levels Framework. You can follow the latest Scottish Government updates on our site here.
In the meantime, FST Members can apply for See it Safely accreditation ahead of reopening.At the beginning of November, UK Theatre graciously extended the scheme to non-members of both UK Theatre and FST, so please share with any venues who may be interested but do not already hold membership. They will now be able to apply directly via UK Theatre here.
FST will only be administering the scheme for those in its membership who do not hold UK Theatre Membership. FST Members that also hold UK Theatre Membership should apply directly through their own portal, you can find this here.
Please note: If you are not a member of either UK Theatre or FST, you can still apply for the toolkit via UK Theatre by clicking here.
To apply you will be taken to a simple Google Form that will ask you a range of questions regarding the implementation of COVID-19 precautions at your venue to allow you to safely readmit audiences. Simply answer each question and click ‘Next’ at the bottom of each page.
Your application requires one ‘main contact’, you are however able to add further email addresses at the end of your application should the Toolkit be required by more than one member of staff across your organisation or team. Alternatively once verified you can share the toolkit internally but must ensure that all guidelines are adhered to.
If you are an individual, artist or company staging a piece of work in a venue that is not your own then it is the responsibility of the venue to sign up for See it Safely accreditation. As an FST Member you can share this link with them and they can apply on your behalf.
Please allow up to 5 working days for approval of the application.
If you have any questions regarding your application then email us on: email@example.com
What’s in the toolkit?
- The See It Safely mark
- An animated health and safety video for audiences
- A selection of signage for your venue
- A certificate which can be displayed in your venue
- Ticketing principles
- Seven Inclusive Principles for Arts & Cultural Organisations
- Website copy which you can adapt as necessary
- A toolbox training PowerPoint created by Phill Brown of UK Theatre
- Details on the #BackOnStage social media campaign
See it Safely Mark
The See It Safely mark can be added to show artwork and displayed in venues.
- SOLT, UK Theatre & FST will grant a license for you to use the mark
- Venues will have to complete an online compliancy form before using
See it Safely Video
This video demonstrates the safety measures which theatres will be putting in place. The video is animated and has a voiceover so it is easy for us to create a new version if guidance changes. Accessible versions of the video will be available – one is BSL interpreted and one is audio described.
The video features a voiceover from Rachel Tucker, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, John Owen-Jones and Jennifer Tierney.
Signage for your Venue
The toolkit includes signage for your to display at your venue covering theatre safety measures as well as instructions for visitors to your venue. Examples in include:
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds
- Be wise and sanitise
- Wear your mask
- Maintain social distancing
- Pre-order drinks and use cashless payment
- Enhanced cleaning is taking place
- Follow directions and one way systems
Pictured above: Examples of See it Safely signage
If you have any questions regarding the form or toolkit, or if you have any health & safety, or Covid related questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions regarding the See it Safely campaign in Scotland, please email: email@example.com
Federation of Scottish Theatre would like to thank SOLT and UK Theatre for their cooperation and generosity in allowing the membership to utilise their See it Safely campaign in Scotland.