Jack and the Beanstalk
I was playing Fairy in Jack and the Beanstalk and working for Evolution Pantomimes, one of the largest Pantomime Production Companies in the Uk. So as you can imagine, their Covid rules were extremely strict.
Ok masks, obligatory from the moment you step foot inside the theatre to your dressing room. And from dressing room to side of stage, where you could only remove it just before you were due to step onto the stage. Everyone two metres apart onstage where possible. Antibacterial hand sanitizer in every possible area.
But all that we could deal with. The anxiety came from the Lateral Flow Tests. Every single morning before 8.30, we were asked to take a test, send a picture of it for proof to our Company Manager and register it with the Government website or we weren’t allowed in the theatre. That 30 minutes wait, every morning seemed a year long and the heart beats rose. Would that second line appear?