Granary Theatre 2020-21 Academic Year
The Granary Theatre is a key teaching and learning asset and a critical outreach and community engagement organism within UCC, whose future is important to faculty, staff, students: especially to students in the School of Film, Music and Theatre; to the performance-based student societies; and to the wider artistic and audience community of Cork.
The will of the university is to renew, develop, and maximise the Granary’s presence as a beacon of teaching, learning, research, and public engagement for Theatre; for the School of Film, Music and Theatre; and for the wider university.
However, the Granary will be unable to function as normal during the Covid-19 crisis. The combination of
1. Dramatically reduced resourcing, and
2. The cost and complexity of putting adequate control measures in place to receive external audience
mean that for 2020-21, the Granary will only be able to be used as a classroom and rehearsal space by the Department of Theatre. The floor space in the Granary will enable socially distanced practice to take place – where and when our risk assessments allow such to happen.
Limited, teaching-related performance events for very small audiences may take place, coordinated by the Department of Theatre. Some Granary staff will be reassigned to the Department of Theatre in order to coordinate relevant Covid-related health and safety measures, and they will provide the technical support to the Department that will be required in order to enable practical teaching.
The Department will dialogue with and support as best it can the historically significant Dramat and other performance-related student societies during this time, but the Granary will unfortunately not be able to provide a performance venue for these societies until further notice.