Information & Updates Regarding
COVID-19

Updated 31st July 2020

We have all been living through difficult times and our hearts go out to everyone affected by the current health and economic crisis. We are all in this together and hopefully we can all learn and grow from this experience.

While our business has been significantly impacted, 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, we believe we have the capacity to get through this.

We have started to return to schools in some parts of the country this Term and we are now taking bookings for our 2021 season.

Our 2020 Performances

It was with sadness that we had to postpone all performances scheduled for late Term 1 and all of Term 2, 2020. We have now rescheduled most of the cancelled bookings to later in the year. Teachers have been really understanding and keen to reschedule. Many have told us that Brainstorm’s live student wellbeing programs are now more important than ever before.

Restrictions around visitors in schools have eased in QLD, ACT and parts of NSW so we are excited to be back touring in those states in Term 3. Unfortunately we have had to cancel all Term 3 bookings in Victoria and are in the process of rescheduling them to Term 4.

We have also had to cancel our South Australian tour this year due to border closures, which has been disappointing for everyone. Interstate travel is complex at this time, and possibly into the future, so our SA tours have been placed on hold for now.

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.

We understand this is an uncertain time and nobody knows what the year will bring. We want to remind our clients that we do not have a cancellation fee. This means that all 2020 bookings can remain in place until we have more information about the year ahead.

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 usually would, as our office staff are still operating on reduced hours.

We thank you for your patience!

Online Content

While we are first and foremost a live theatre company, we are working towards offering some online content in the future. We have started the process of filming some of our shows and are exploring ways to offer these as online alternatives in Term 4, 2020, if further shows are cancelled due to COVID-19. We also hope to have an online option for regions we are unable to visit. We will keep our clients informed as soon as this becomes available.

We will ensure any recorded material is produced to a high standard and is accompanied by the full range of up-to-date classroom resources.

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 during this period. We are continuing to update our program content and ensure it responds to the changing needs of children and young people.

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, and often placing their needs before your own. We salute you!

In Solidarity,

Brainstorm Productions