Whilst we are excited to be heading back to York for a new year, We as a society have a responsibility to our members and visitors to make sure our theatre can be enjoyed in a COVID-safe way.

This page will explain the measures we have taken to ensure that we can put on as many shows as possible in a safe way.

If you have any questions about anything on this page, please email dramasoc@yusu.org, and our IVC will be able to answer your questions

Key changes


We are aiming to run as many shows as possible next term, however these will run with a different format.

Unfortunately, The Drama Barn will not be able to have an audience. Therefore, all performances from there will be live-streamed. Some performances (such as ODNs) may have been adapted to online-only performances.

All the information about this term’s performances will be posted to the society’s social media, and also to the individual performance’s pages.

The Drama Barn

Access to The Drama Barn is restricted to those involved directly with a performance, or by request to Team Barn.

When in The Drama Barn, you must:

  • Wear a mask at all times (unless you have a valid reason and have contacted the IVC)
  • Keep 2m distancing where possible
  • Ensure there is adequate ventilation in the space by opening doors
  • Use the hand sanitiser when entering and exiting the building.
Open Barn

Open Barn will take place by appointment only. If you would like the opportunity to look around the barn, please send your request to dramasoc@yusu.org. Please include your availability and reason for visit in the email.

Tech training is also by appointment only. There will be a virtual training session in Week 2 – more details to follow.

Weekend Shows and ODNs

All members of weekend show and ODN production teams MUST read the Dramasoc COVID-19 Briefing note and the COVID-19 Barn Bible. These are linked below.

These documents contain the outline and detailed changes that have been made to our shows, so that The Barn can be a COVID-secure space.

It is now a condition for putting on your show that you will follow these guidelines at all times.

Toolbox Talks

All members of a show must attend a virtual toolbox talk at the start of the production week, whether you are expecting to be in the barn or not.

These talks will guide you through how you can use the space during your prod week, but also will signpost people and resources you can go to for support at this challenging time.