These are uncertain and unprecedented times, but I have found the response from our community to be one of strength, support, and faith that we will get through this.
As a theatre, the Sherman’s instinct in an emergency is to bring people together. We always want to get as many heart beats in the same room as possible, and through bonds of fellowship and community start making things better. But, with the rapid escalation of the current situation, and the nature of how this virus spreads through physical and social contact, the Sherman can no longer be a place of public gathering.
However, while our doors may be closed, the heart of Cardiff remains open. We fundamentally believe that there is no situation that can’t be bettered, that there is no burden that can’t be lessened. We are here for our community of practitioners, participants and audiences. We are here for the most vulnerable and those who are most acutely feeling the impact of this national emergency. We might not be able to be in the same room together, but we still can certainly inspire bonds of fellowship and community.
Over the coming weeks we will be sharing ways we can offer support at this time. We will be working hard to ensure that people stay connected, are inspired and can continue being creative and productive. The way we will get through this is to defy a virus that forces us to keep apart physically, by making sure we stay connected emotionally.
Go gently and go safely, we are here if you need us and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back when this is all over.
Joe Murphy, Artistic Director