The art of surviving empty seats

Thousands of artists out of pocket and unable to perform, venue capacities slashed to tiny levels, actors having to practice social distancing on stage: the short-term outlook appears bleak for Ireland’s artistic community as it comes to terms with Covid-19

24th May, 2020
Neil Murray, co-director and chief executive at the Abbey, said the projects as they were planned “just simply weren't going to be feasible” in the context of physical distancing. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Philip King is blessed with the dual gifts of creativity and original thought. Even so, the veteran Other Voices producer has no hesitation in finding inspiration in the words of others as he attempts to chart a way out of lockdown and envisage what the arts will look like after the pandemic.

Ahead of our chat, King has compiled some thoughts in a note. In it, he includes a quote from John Tusa, former director...

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