Abbey Theatre directors on performing through the pandemic

Neil Murray and Graham McLaren believe their shared ethos and some earlier battles with the wider theatre community equipped them to respond in a creative and constructive way to the devastation caused by Covid-19

29th August, 2020
Abbey Theatre directors on performing through the pandemic
Graham McLaren and Neil Murray, joint directors of the Abbey Theatre. Picture: Fergal Phillips.

What do you do when a virus shuts down your industry, your culture, your art form, your means to make a living, your means to communicate and express yourself to the outside world? What do you do when you feel helpless and redundant, isolated and worried?

These are the glib universal questions hanging over everyone involved in the arts and entertainment industries in the time of the great leveller that is Covid-19.

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