Frankston Arts Centre – the much-loved cultural heart of Frankston City – is open again after the circuit breaker lockdown, with performers and staff looking forward to welcoming back patrons in line with COVID-safe practices.
Frankston City Council’s arts and culture manager, Andrew Moon, said: “If there is a silver lining to this lockdown, it is that we have done this before and can quickly assess, communicate and reschedule. Each lockdown has significant impact on the industry, financially and emotionally. However, we also know that our performers, event organisers and audiences miss the theatre as much as we do. We are confident they will once again return with enthusiasm.”
Mr Moon said some shows had to be cancelled, with patrons given refunds; other shows were rescheduled, and negotiations are continuing to find new dates for other productions. “The magician Cosentino returns on Saturday, July 10, with his Deception tour, which features magic, illusion and escape. The HATCH workshop series for artists continues with Writing Life, Writing Self on Thursday, July 22, as emerging and established makers learn about finding an authentic voice to tell personal stories.”
Cr Suzette Tayler said the well-being and safety of audiences, performers, crew and staff was critical. “Patrons will be asked to comply with a number of guidelines to ensure COVID-19 best practice guidelines are met,” Cr Tayler said. “Prior to entering Frankston Arts Centre for an event, patrons will need to QR code and show the front of house staff that they have done so. Masks are mandatory and there will be no food or drink while seated in the theatre, enabling front of house to better monitor this situation.”
For more information, visit www.thefac.com.au or phone 9784 1060.