COVID-19 Update 17/06/21


LATEST NEWS! 

The UK is now operating a “Roadmap” to reopen all aspects of the UK economy.

The government has announced on 8/06/21 that Greater Manchester is now a designated Enhanced Response Are.

This means that people should not travel in and out of Manchester & Greater Manchester if not for essential travel. 

In regards to Actors & Performances the 21st of June lifting of all restrictions is now postponed until 19th of July 2021. If this new revised date is on schedule Flecky Bennett Productions should be able to resume performances after the 19th of July 2021 without the need for social distancing or masks.

Obviously if the final stage happens on the 19th of July there will need to be a period of time to guarantee that another lockdown is not required.With this in mind we don’t want to reschedule performances and sell tickets until there is some certainty. This will ensure we are not in the same position as 2020 having to postpone all live events. We will wait until September to resume all performances.

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The government are currently running trials to test if social distancing and masks can stop being used at theatrical, music and sporting events. More government “Pilot” live events being trialled on 18th, 19th and 20th of June 2020.

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Hello My Friends

I hope you are all keeping safe and well.

2020/21 is a year that none of us will forget and I would never have believed that I’d be banned by the Government from performing in front of a live audience for an unbelievable fourteen months and counting.

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This is an ever changing situation and this page is updated almost everyday.

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You maybe aware that “Tour Guides” have been operating on and off throughout 2020 and from May 17th 2021 will once again be able to restart but with restrictions of no more than thirty people, with social distancing and masks.

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The reason why “Tour Guides” are allowed to operate and I’m not is because I am a “Professional Actor” and the rules are different for actors. This is explained by the Government Department of digital, culture, media and sport.

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“The reason why there is a difference is that Actors/Performers and Musicians/Singers can potentially release an aerosol transmission of COVID 19 between themselves and the audience and vice versa – and tour guides, because they are not performing, don’t”

Currently Actors and Performances  that move from one location to another are not allowed to take place.

Only fully seated, masked, socially distanced limited audiences are due to be trialled from May 17th 2021.

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All of Flecky Bennett Productions are pieces of promenade theatre which can include singing, screaming, shouting, dancing, audience participation, music, shared props and lighting/special effects, which take place either indoors or outdoors depending on the performance.

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Here at Flecky Bennett Productions the health and well-being of our audiences are of the utmost importance. This will never change. Therefore, we made the difficult decision to postpone every performance since 13th March 2020.

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All of the above affects our performances and here is a breakdown of how exactly.

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The Original Manchester Ghost Walk

The Saturday Night Manchester Ghost Walk

The Ancoats Ghost Walk

The Stockport Ghost Walk

The Bolton Ghost Walk

The Highgate Ghost & Vampire Walk

The Altrincham Ghost Walk*

These performances cannot go ahead because live performances with actors that move from one location to another (inside or out) are currently banned.

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The Chorlton Ghost Walk

Cannot go ahead because live performances that move from one location to another (inside or out) are currently banned.

Also in this performance a haunted room is used for a Ouija Board session. Although The Lead Station Public House is now open but with restrictions of six people or two households only mixing indoors

However the  “Haunted” room is still closed because it’s a small area and can not

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The Didsbury Ghost Walk

Cannot go ahead because live performances with Actors that move from one location to another (inside or out) are currently banned. Also this performance uses the grounds of The Didsbury Old Parsonage which is currently closed until further notice

due to

National Lockdown restrictions

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The Tavern of the Dead

Cannot go ahead because live performances with Actors that move from one location to another (inside or out) are currently banned.

Although The Shakespeare Inn Public House

is now open but with restrictions of six people or two households only mixing indoors

However the  “Haunted” room is still closed because it’s a small area and can not

accommodate social distancing.

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Stockport Air Raid Shelter Experience 

Cannot go ahead because live performances with Actors that move from one location to another (inside or out) are currently banned.

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The Stockport Air Raid Shelters are will be reopening from May 19th 2021 with no more than 6 persons with social distancing and masks, and all guided tours are still banned due to

National Lockdown restrictions

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The Bramall Hall Experience 

Cannot go ahead because live performances with Actors that move from one location to another (inside or out) are currently banned. 

Bramall Hall

will be reopening from May 19th 2021 with no more than 6 persons with social distancing and masks, and all guided tours are still banned due to

National Lockdown restrictions

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Stockport’s Staircase House Experience 

Cannot go ahead because live performances with Actors that move from one location to another (inside or out) are currently banned. 

The house is

is closed until further notice

due to

National Lockdown restrictions

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The Ordsall Hall Experience 

Cannot go ahead because live performances with Actors that move from one location to another (inside or out) are currently banned. 

Ordsall Hall

will be reopening from May 17th 2021 with no more than 6 persons with social distancing and masks, and all guided tours are still banned due to

National Lockdown restrictions

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The Manchester River Cruise Experience 

In regards to The Manchester River Cruise Experience. The Manchester River Cruise company is reopening from May 17th 2020 with masks and social distancing.

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 Flecky Bennett Productions believe that it is our duty to not compromise the health of our audiences by encouraging the congregation of mixed households.

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Flecky Bennett Productions do not want to change any aspect of our award winning performances because this would mean short changing our loyal audiences.

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The “Live” Performance side of Flecky Bennett Productions is now “moth balled” to avoid bankruptcy. As with all professional actors only universal credit and online donations are currently keeping Flecky Bennett Productions afloat.

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As soon as Live performances without the need for masks and social distancing are once again permitted by the government we will be in contact with all audience members from the many postponed performances since March 13th 2020

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Don’t worry, your tickets will remain valid for rescheduled public performance dates and any private bookings will also be rescheduled with deposits carrying over.

All gift vouchers will be accepted even if they have expired.

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Eventbrite have a thorough record of every ticket sale. Once we are able to restart we will go through the postponed performances in date order and contact each ticket holder to offer a series of rescheduled dates that you will be able to choose from.

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We guarantee that no one will lose their ticket value or deposit value for private performances

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Thank you for your loyalty, patience and understanding. We will get through this tough time together.

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If you can support Flecky Bennett Productions through these disastrous times, please enjoy the many Facebook/YouTube and ZOOM  episodes which are free to watch but Tips are very welcome.

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And if your missing your Flecky Fix please check out our new ZOOM virtual performances!

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We hope you’re all keeping well and really look forward to seeing you again as soon as possible.

Flecky & Emma

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