Blog Post

Coronavirus Action Plan at LAC

Posted 16/03/20 by Calvin Wilson

[Last updated: Monday 23rd March, 4:45pm]


In light of government guidance, Lyth Arts Centre is currently closed to the public. LAC will be closed for at least the next two weeks, and we’ll be reviewing this on a week by week basis. We are supporting our staff to work remotely so our office is now also closed. You can reach us on and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


Please see information on postponed shows events below.


Steps already taken

  • Anti-bacterial wipe down of LAC spaces after every working day plus additional deep clean on a weekly basis.
  • Increased housekeeping hours and new disinfectant regime focusing on door handles and other vulnerable areas.
  • New signage encouraging everyone to wash their hands.
  • Altering the layout of the foyer to enable social distancing.
  • Strongly urging contactless over cash at the bar and box office.



  • Up to date information published on the website blog and social media.
  • Any updates will be circulated through social media and website.



  • Audiences will be asked via a pre-show email to not visit LAC if they have been to any affected areas or in contact with anyone who they think may have been infected.
  • Audiences are also asked to not visit LAC if they develop a persistent cough or fever, in this case they are asked to stay away for at least 7 days.
  • If events are cancelled, a full refund will be available.



  • LAC staff have been asked to self-isolate if they feel that they are at risk of being infected, or if they have any persistent cough or fever symptoms.
  • We have made the decision to pay all Front of House staff, Technical staff and other freelancers where shows have been postponed, to limit the trickle down effect of closure.



Current Show Status


We have been in touch with all of our touring companies individually and have reached decisions based on many different factors unique to them.

Please see an up to date status of which shows are going ahead and which ones are postponed below.


Tue 17 Mar – Space Ape | Postponed

Fri 20 Mar – Eabhal (Strathy Hall) | Postponed

Sat 21/Sun 22 Mar – Endling | Postponed

Sat 28 Mar – Brian Ó hEadhra & Fiona Mackenzie | Postponed

Mon 30 Mar – Red Note Ensemble | Postponed

Sun 29 – Family Film Club | Postponed

Mon 30 Mar – Baby Sensory/Monday Matinee | Postponed

Thu 2 Apr – Capturing Creativity | Postponed

Fri 3 Apr – RANT | Postponed

Sat 4 Apr – Stories of Scotland | Postponed

Sun 5 Apr  – The LGBTI+ Elders Social Dance | Postponed

Wed 8 Apr – Feast of Fools | Postponed

Thu 9 Apr – Like Animals | Postponed

Tue 14 Apr – Kerry Godliman | Postponed

Thu 16 Apr – UK Surf Championships | Postponed

Fri 17 – Sun 19 Apr – Thriller Weekend | Postponed

Sat 18 Apr – Colin McDonald Writing Workshop | Moved online

Sun 19 Apr – Family Family Club | Postponed

Mon 20 Apr – Baby Sensory/Monday Matinee | Postponed

Thu 23 Apr – Freeland Barber | Postponed

Sat 25/Sun 26 Apr – JOG Book Festival | Postponed

Fri 1 May – Tenement Jazz Band | Postponed

Tue 5/Wed 6 May – The Spinners | Postponed

Fri 8 May – Lubna Kerr | Postponed

Sat 9 May – Project Smok | Postponed

Sun 10 May – Extremely Pedestrian Chorales | Postponed

Thu 14 May – Scheme Birds | Postponed

Sat 16 May – Umbrella Man | Postponed

Fri 22 May – Da Shetland Spree | Decision by Mon 6 Apr

Sat 23-Sun 31 May – Orca Watch | Postponed

Thu 28 May – Westward The Light | Postponed

Sat 30/Sun 31 May – Ventoux | Postponed

Wed 3 Jun – The Metamorphosis: Unplugged | Postponed

Sat 6 Jun – Gnoss | Decision by Fri 24 April

Tue 9 Jun – The Cheviot, The Stag & The Black, Black Oil | Postposed



This takes us up to the middle of June, shows happening beyond this will be addressed as the situation develops. To anyone that has booked a ticket for any of the postponed shows, we will be in touch to issue a full refund.


We will do our best to keep you up to date and if you have any concerns or worries please do not hesitate to contact us.


Support Us


This is going to be a very tough time for the arts sector and your support can go a long way in helping us to continue.


If you feel like you’d like to help, please check out the ‘Support Us‘ page on our website.


We will soon be adding links for all of the artists affected so that you can help them also if you’d like to.


If you are an artist or creative worried about the coming months, please click here for a comprehensive list of support that our friends at Independent Arts Projects have collated. We recommend you stay up to date with advice and guidance from your union and industry bodies as much as possible. Please get in touch if you have any further questions or ideas.


Thank you all once again for your continued support,

The LAC team