COVID-19 Statement & Updates

Dear Geordie Family,

Over the past few months our community abroad and here at home have been grappling with the evolving information surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on everyday life, how we work, and our households. Here at Geordie, we are committed to ensuring the safety of everyone who works with us, trains with us, or shares in the stories we present. We are a company that serves a multi-generational audience of imaginative people who care about the world around them and who inspire us every day to create and present stories that are enchanting and important to them. The welfare of our audience that is made up of many different ages, backgrounds and experiences is so imperative to us.

It is because of that that we have made the very difficult decision to end our 39th season early. The schools and families with whom we work with everyday are the core of everything we do, and we will do everything we can to ensure their safety. Our staff, our artists and our teachers are no different. They too have families to care and provide for, and their wellbeing allows the world of Geordie to operate and be able to give back. They work tirelessly to provide culture and entertainment to the young and young at heart, and during these complex times we offer our solidarity, strength and courage to all.

To that end, the following is a list of the programming and events that have been affected:

  • The 2Play touring shows The Little Mighty Superhero and Celestial Bodies will be presented via digital live-stream from September to December 2020.
  • The Mainstage Production Virginia Wolf, which was set to premiere in May 2020, will now be presented in May 2021.
  • All Geordie Theatre School classes and workshops will take place online for the Fall 2020 Session (October to December 2020).

Throughout the season, Geordie will remain responsive to your concerns or questions regarding this decision. We want nothing but to work with our audience and supporters to ensure a smooth and triumphant transition back when the dust has settled. In the meantime, the Geordie staff will be working remotely. We are still very available by email.

Our arts sector is hurting, but it will bounce back. Now is a time for us all to be informed and prepared, to feel safe and protected, and for us all to be kind to ourselves and to our neighbours. We will get through this, and we are optimistic that when we do, we will be able to do so with a community that is collectively stronger, safer and more vibrant than ever.

– Mike Payette, Artistic and Executive Director

 

 

For further information on government resources and support, please feel free to visit the links below our FAQs:

Geordie Theatre FAQ

The Geordie office is closed. However, the whole team is working remotely from home.

For general inquiries, please email Violette at info@geordie.ca.

This is a difficult time for arts and culture worldwide, and we are already feeling tremendous support from our patrons and supporters asking us how they can help. If you would like to donate to Geordie Theatre, click HERE. We are so lucky to have such a supportive community and are proud to call each and everyone one of you part of the Geordie family.

2Play Tour FAQ

Absolutely! Our tour is planned to operate from September to April as usual, with the option of live-streaming if it is not possible to visit your school in person.

Geordie Theatre will continue to follow the guidelines set out by public health authorities as they appear, and we are preparing several different methods to bring our content to you this year. From new sanitation protocols for our sets and actors, to digital and live-streaming options, we are getting ready to adapt to new situations as soon as they develop.

  1. A week before the date and time of our visit with you, Kieran will send you a weblink that will direct you to a special viewing area on our website 

  2. Tune in using the weblink ten minutes before the show to be ready for the performance 

  3. After the show, stay connected for our live Talkback with the students using a ‘chat’ function 

  4. Enjoy! 

Don’t worry! In the case of an internet issue, Geordie Theatre will provide limited access to a filmed version of the production for your students to enjoy. We will then try and connect briefly for a question-and-answer period, like always! 

Geordie Theatre is located on the unceded Indigenous lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Tiotià:ke (known as Montréal) has existed as a meeting place of many First Nation peoples, including but not limited to the Abenaki , Anishinaabeg (Algonquin), and the Huron-Wendat. We extend our deepest respect to the elders of these communities and to all Indigenous peoples who carry the history of this island’s land and waters – caring for it and calling it home. We are honoured and privileged to share stories on this land.

We wish to also acknowledge that we are grateful to those seeking sustainable solutions to our global climate crisis, so that we may continue to inspire and challenge our audiences near and far.