Information & Updates Regarding
COVID-19

Updated 21 July 2021

Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the current health and economic crisis.  Particularly those in the areas that are in lockdown.  We are all in this together and believe we have the capacity to grow and learn from these challenges.   

Like everyone in the Arts Industry, our business has been significantly impacted but we have solid plans in place to weather the storm. We have been operating for more than 35 years and although we do not receive any external funding or sponsorship, we have the capacity to get through this.

Our young actors have all remained well and healthy throughout this and continue to follow all the Health Department guidelines.

We are committed to the rules around social distancing and hygiene, and have our COVID-19 Risk Assessment, Policy and Procedures available. We are also happy to work around any extra requirements that schools may have.

Our 2021 Performances

We are grateful that we were able to return to schools at the start of this year across QLD, NSW, ACT, VIC and SA.  Many teachers have told us that Brainstorm’s live student wellbeing programs are now more important than ever.

We monitor the COVID 19 numbers closely and are grateful that we are able to perform in some parts of the country this Term.  Our Sydney and Victorian actors are in lockdown of course and we have contacted all the  affected schools to reschedule their bookings to later in the year.  The situation in both states is evolving and we hope things return to normal as soon as possible.  None of our actors have been to any of the current Health Alert places in any state.  They are of course monitoring the lists every day.

We are a touring theatre company but this year we tried to limit the amount of interstate travel. 

Our  NSW shows are all performed by actors living in NSW apart from those shows on the Far North Coast of NSW.  These are performed by QLD actors who we hope will be able to cross into NSW as part of the border bubble even if that border is closed at the time.

Our Victorian performances of ‘The Flipside’ and ‘The H Team’ are performed by Victorian actors.  However the performances of ‘Cyberia’ and ‘The Magic Words’ later this term are performed by one VIC actor and one NSW actor who is relocating to Victoria.  We have applied for a border pass and hope the NSW actor will be able cross into Victoria to relocate.  If not, we will contact those schools closer to the time to reschedule.

Our QLD shows are all performed by actors living in QLD. 

Our SA shows in Term 1 thankfully went ahead as planned and that tour has now finished.  We look forward to returning to SA in 2022. 

We understand this is an uncertain time and nobody knows what the future will bring. We want to remind our clients that we do not have a cancellation fee. This means that schools will NOT be charged any fee if bookings have to be cancelled in the future due to COVID 19.

Our admin staff are on hand to respond to any queries via phone or email. Please understand that we may take a little longer to get back to you than we have in the past, as our office staff will remain on slightly reduced hours throughout 2021.

We thank you for your patience!

Staying Connected

We have continued to engage with our online community via our Facebook page, with lots of fun and informative content: Facebook.com/Brainstorm.Productions.

Our clinical psychologist Dr Ameika Johnson is staying up-to-date with the latest research, and the unique challenges faced by students and the wider community at this time. We are continuing to update our program content and ensure it responds to the changing needs of children and young people in this post-COVID world. 

Our aim is to connect people and create a sense of community for students through live theatre. We are focused on inspiring students to be resilient in the face of challenges and to be kind and compassionate to one another. The world needs this more than ever and we look forward to continuing to do this into the future!

As we navigate our way through this uncertain time, we appreciate and thank you for your support.

Support for students

This is a very confusing and challenging time for children and young people. The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in substantial changes to the way they live, learn and connect with others. The following organisations have some great online resources to help students cope and stay connected during this difficult period:

https://au.reachout.com/ 

https://headspace.org.au/ 

https://kidshelpline.com.au/ 

https://www.smilingmind.com.au/ 

https://emergingminds.com.au/ 

Support for teachers

Being a teacher is stressful at the best of times! We understand that teachers are now facing a range of additional challenges and we thank you for your invaluable contribution to our community. There are many online resources available to help you cope during this period. Please take some time to look after yourself:

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/

https://www.ruok.org.au/

https://www.lifeline.org.au/

https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/ 

https://headtohealth.gov.au/

https://mindspot.org.au/ 

https://www.smilingmind.com.au/

We congratulate you all on rising to the challenges of this new reality – leading students and parents through the challenges of learning from home, supporting them in the transition back to school, adapting to the constantly changing rules and guidelines, and often placing their needs before your own. We salute you!

In Solidarity,

Brainstorm Productions