Omicron shortages create ‘new precariousness’ for performing arts

Short supplies of RATs and workers under pressure are part of the new normal for theatre and musical productions.

For months, performing arts companies across Australia have been diligently testing cast and crew to ensure maximum COVID safety on the job.

Back in October, Come From Away Producer Rodney Rigby explained to ArtsHub how testing protocols were part of new-normal operations after lockdowns: ‘All staff had to come into the venue with a negative PCR test result. Then, before they could start work, they had to do a rapid antigen test.’

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).