Producers Rodney Rigby and Junkyard Dog Productions have announced that the worldwide smash hit, Tony and Olivier award-winning musical Come From Away, will be the first Australian theatre company to mandate Covid vaccinations for all staff working on the production.
All employees and contractors will be required to be fully vaccinated before returning to work, with the new policy created in consultation with the organisation and Company members.
Announcing the policy, producer Rodney Rigby of Newtheatricals said, “We have seen international productions on Broadway and the West End implement mandatory vaccination policies, and believe it’s our responsibility to provide the safest possible environment for our employees and audiences here in Australia,” he said.
“We want to lead by example, and encourage all members of the community to be fully vaccinated to protect our community health, safety and wellbeing. Across the world, vaccination is proving to be an effective way of getting fans safely back into the theatre and we cannot wait to welcome audiences back to The Rock soon,” said Mr Rigby.
Come From Away follows the incredible real-life journey of 7,000 air passengers who became grounded in Gander, Newfoundland in Canada in the wake of the September 11 tragedy. The small community that welcomed the ‘come from aways’ into their lives provided hope and compassion to those in need.
Award-winning husband and wife duo David Hein and Irene Sankoff (book, music and lyrics), travelled to Newfoundland and interviewed thousands of locals, compiling their stories to share with the world.
Come From Away will return to the stage at the Capitol Theatre in mid-October or as soon as NSW Health restrictions allow – vaccination requirements for audiences will be in line with government policy.
The Canberra season of the production has been rescheduled from November 2021 to February 2022. For more information, visit: www.comefromaway.com.au for details.
Image: Come From Away (supplied)