The Ninth Wave by The Farm and Co3 Contemporary Dance. Photo by Jess Wyld.

Festival of Outback Opera

Festival of Outback Opera by Opera Queensland. Photo by Glenn Hunt.

Auto Cannibal

Auto Cannibal by Australasian Dance Collective and Beijing Dance LDTX,
Choreographed by Stephanie Lake. Photo by Jade Ellis.


Zoom by Patch Theatre. Photo by Matt Byrne.

Trash Talk

Trash Talk by The Strangeways Ensemble. Courtesy of Merrigong Theatre Company.

So long suckers 2

So Long Suckers by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company. Photo by Simon Pynt.

Curious Legends

Curious Legends

Black Cockatoo

Black Cockatoo by Ensemble Theatre. Photo by Prudence Upton.


Whoosh by Sensorium Theatre. Photo by Peter Foster.

River Linked Live Virtual Concert

River Linked Live Virtual Concert. Photo by Abram Rasmussen Photography.

HOTA Home of the Arts

HOTA Home of the Arts. Courtesy of venue.

The Butch is Back

The Butch is Back by Reuben Kaye. Photo by Rebekah Ryan.

Guidelines – COVID Safe performing arts activity

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Today sees the release of a new suite of guidelines for COVID-Safe performing arts, including an update to our own Guidelines for COVID Safe Theatres.




Live Performance Australia, touring organisations* and peak bodies (detailed in the Appendix) have created these guidelines in consultation with the broader sector to guide safe touring activity by performing arts organisations and producers undertaking touring activity in Australia.




These guidelines have been developed in consultation with performing arts companies, commercial producers, the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance and specialist medical advisors and are intended to apply:

    • To activities associated with undertaking auditions, rehearsals or performances of live productions
    • Broadly across all types of artforms. There may be additional considerations depending upon the artform and these should be considered in more detail when developing COVID Safe plans.
    • Professional live productions. The measures outlined in this document may not be appropriate for amateur productions.




An update to PAC Australia’s Guidelines for COVID-Safe Theatres is also released in this new suite of guidelines. The changes reflect updated advice as the pandemic conditions evolve and on the advice of epidemiologist Dr T G Henning, whose endorsement of the document is also supplied within the guidelines. Important to note, the specific legislative requirements based on your states own circumstances must continue to be adhered to (for those in VIC, or those with a specific interest in the plans for Victorian venues, VAPAC have released Version 2.2 of their Plan for Re-Opening Venues with the latest updates).

The changes to the national guide are not exhaustive and the summary is available here.


*Each of these documents represent an enormous amount of work, and we’d like to particularly recognise the work by Live Performance Australia and the Touring Guidelines working group comprising Arts on Tour, Critical Stages, CDP Theatre Producers, Circa, Monkey Baa Theatre Company and Performing Lines.