Information & Updates Regarding
COVID-19

Updated 22 February 2021

Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the current health and economic crisis.  We are all in this together and hopefully we will all learn and grow from this experience.

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

Fortunately we were able to tour in some parts of the country last year once schools reopened and we are almost booked out now for our 2021 season as well.  Many teachers have told us that Brainstorm’s live student wellbeing programs are now more important than ever before.

We monitor the COVID 19 numbers in every state closely and are grateful that we were able to return to schools as planned in Term 1 this year across QLD, NSW, VIC and SA.

We are a touring theatre company but this year we have tried to limit the amount of interstate travel to avoid border restriction issues.  In term 1, our NSW shows are all performed by NSW actors and our VIC shows are all performed by VIC actors so any potential future border closures will not affect these performances at all. 

Our SA shows are performed by interstate actors but they are now temporarily residing in SA so those shows are all going ahead as planned as well.

Our QLD shows for the rest of this year are all performed by QLD actors who live and work in QLD.

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