Coronavirus Statement

This page is updated regularly, so please check back for updates relating to our workshops and projects

2nd November 2020


In light of new government restrictions in effect until 2nd December, our Monday night workshops will relocate online over this period. Our after school clubs remain postponed in Banbury schools until further notice.

If you would like to join online workshops, or the waiting list for socially distanced in person workshops, please email cherwelltheatreworkshops@gmail.com


August 20th 2020


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have been providing workshops for young people online, however, we’re delighted to be taking our first steps to re-starting face to face drama workshops very soon in line with the latest government guidance.


We’ve introduced additional safety measures in line with our partners at Banbury College's policies to ensure that our participants and staff are safe and have confidence to return. These include:

  • Working in reduced workshop sizes of 15 and below

  • Ensuring social distancing is practiced during activities, with masks to be worn during 'close up' work

  • Providing hand sanitiser on entry to workshops

  • Working outside when it is possible to do so

  • Introducing a one way entry and exit system to avoid different 'bubbles' coming into contact

  • Asking participants and staff to stay at home if they have COVID-19 related symptoms

Cleaning and hygiene

Our partners at Activate Learning have carried out a deep clean of the Banbury College site over the summer break.

As we move into the new academic year, they will continue their increased cleaning regime and ensure busier areas of the campus are cleaned more regularly.

Hand sanitisers are placed around the college and social distancing signs are clearly on display in the areas we deliver our workshops.

Fees and Contingency Plans

Having provided workshops free of charge since May, we will now re-introduce our standard fees of £60 per term for our Monday night workshops, with bursaries still available to anyone who needs them.

Payment via BACS is preferred, but cheque or cash payments can be made if in a sealed envelope to the workshop leader.

Having provided online workshops for a number of months, if we are unable to continue face to face work for health reasons later in the year, we will transition our work to this format.

Securing Your Place

In accordance with government guidelines, we can only accept a group of 13 young people in our 11-16s workshops and a further 13 participants in our 17-25s workshops for the foreseeable future.

To secure your place, you must email us at cherwelltheatreworkshops@gmail.com and complete a sign up form. Places will be issued on a first come, first served basis, however if demand far outstrips the spaces we have available, we will explore options for initiating additional workshops or continuing a weekly online workshop for those unable to attend face to face sessions.


Unfortunately at this time we are still unable to resume our after school clubs in local primary schools. Further updates will be made available as we have them and should the situation change.

In the meantime, you can still donate to CTC at any time, should you wish. We have been overwhelmed with the support from our community during this difficult time for the arts and charity sector, and would like to thank everyone who has donated so far

29th April 2020

Having reviewed the situation and with lockdown continuing in the UK, we have decided to further postpone our holiday projects until such a time as it is safe to resume them in the usual manner.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic however, CTC have chosen to create online opportunities for interaction for our participants. CTC is committed to offering a continued safe space for participants to have a creative and social outlet. However, CTC recognises that at this time vulnerable young people are at greater risk and families have been affected in ways that are unpredictable in this moment of high-stress, uncertainty and potential financial hardship and family bereavement. As such CTC are developing a secure platform and online code of conduct to illustrate how our staff will interact with young people online, and guidelines to accessing and using this service safely and responsibly for participants and parents/guardians/carers.


As this situation evolves CTC will continue to review this guidance and will publish it shortly. We hope to announce further details for our online workshops in the coming days.

In this current pandemic it’s extremely challenging for independent non-profit theatre companies and we need your support now more than ever. Once our online classes are up and running, we hope we can rely on your generosity and support as all opportunities will be free, to ensure accessibility. Should you be able to to, you can donate to CTC via the link below:

19th March 2020

With the increasing spread of coronavirus and concerns for the health and well-being of our young people, their families, our audiences and staff, we have made the difficult decision to postpone all workshops and holiday projects until the end of April 2020, when our board of trustees will review the situation.

We will re-schedule the rehearsals and performances of "The Changing Room" as soon as the situation becomes clearer and will be in touch with further information when we have it. If you have booked on to take part in our Easter holiday projects, your place will be retained for when we reschedule, unless you wish to cancel it, in which case, we ask you to email us on cherwelltheatreworkshops@gmail.com.


We hope you understand our decision, as the health and safety of our participants, audience and staff is our first priority.

We understand CTC provides a vital safe space for our young people to be themselves, make positive friendships and learn new skills. We are devastated not to be able to provide this service in the usual way, but are currently in discussions with others in our sector to better understand the technological options for keeping our participants connected and creatively stimulated during this difficult time.

Thank you, stay safe and we'll be in touch soon

13th March 2020


Dear participants, parents and guardians,


As a company we are monitoring the developing situation and following guidance that is currently coming from the government and World Health Organisation in relation to Coronavirus. In light of the continuing spread of the Coronavirus this policy outlines what CTC are doing and what will happen in certain circumstances if staff or participants need to take time off.


As of 13th March we have been instructed to continue our activities as usual, with the following practices in place, unless we are contacted by Public Health England, our partners at Activate Learning (Banbury College) or in the primary schools we run regular sessions in advise us otherwise. Please note that as long as our activities remain open, session fees cannot be reimbursed should you choose to keep your participant at home as a precaution.


Good Practice


  • We will continue to monitor government advice and keep you updated on actions being taken to reduce the risk of exposure in the workplace

  • Make sure that everyone’s contact numbers and emergency contact details are up to date

  • Ensure everyone is aware of the symptoms of the virus which are fever, cough and shortness of breath

  • We will ensure there are clean places to wash your hands with hot water and soap at our base at Banbury College and anti-bacterial handgel available in workshops. Everyone should be washing their hands regularly they should wash them for about the time it takes to sing happy birthday twice

  • We will ensure there are hand sanitisers and tissues in the office for everyone to use

  • We will consider if any planned or future planned travel for business is essential

  • We ask any participant or member of staff to let us know if they have any flu like symptoms- fever, cough or shortness of breath. In this instance, as of 12th March it is the government’s recommendation that they self isolate for 7 days.

If someone becomes unwell during a workshop they should:


  • Get at least 2 metres (7 feet) away from other people

  • Go to a room or area behind a closed door

  • Avoid touching anything

  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue and put it in the bin, or if they do not have tissues, cough and sneeze into the crook of their elbow

  • Use a separate bathroom from others, if possible

  • Call NHS advice on 111 using their own mobile phone to get advice on next steps


If a participant becomes unwell during session time, a facilitator will call their emergency contact to collect them. If someone does come into the office or drama studio space with the virus, the workplace does not necessarily need to close. The Public Health England health protection team will liaise with the management team to:


  • Discuss the case

  • Identify people who have been in contact with the affected person

  • Carry out a risk assessment

  • Advise on any actions or precautions to take


In the unlikely event that the office should need to be closed as much work as possible will be done from home.


If regular workshops at Banbury College or after school clubs need to be cancelled on the advice of the government, we will let all staff, participants and their carers know by email and via announcements on our website with as much notice as possible.


Appendix- Government Advice


The full government guidance can be found here:




Please see PHE information below in regards to preventing the spread of infection.

Preventing spread of infection

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

Public Health England (PHE) recommends that the following general cold and flu precautions are taken to help prevent people from catching and spreading COVID-19:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it

  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available. See hand washing guidance

  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

If you are worried about symptoms, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

Further information is available on the PHE blog and NHS.UK.

Face masks for the general public are not recommended to protect from infection, as there is no evidence of benefit from their use outside healthcare environments.

People who have returned from the countries listed below in the last 14 days should self-isolate whether they have symptoms or not. This includes avoiding attending an education setting or work until 14 days have passed. They should call NHS 111 for advice and self-isolate.

Advice is in place for what to do if you have returned in the last 14 days from specified countries or areas which is being updated on an ongoing basis:

With regards to travel information to other countries for individuals working in the UK, we recommend following the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) country advice pages.