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April would have been a month packed with excellent gigs, theatre and comedy shows – many of which we’d have previewed and reviewed. We didn’t want to ignore the contribution these artists (and promoters) make to the region, so we asked some of them to give you a few tips on how you can spend your time in isolation.

Live Theatre associate artist Anna Ryder is the director of Cheer Up Slug, which was part of a double bill set to be shown at Live Theatre and Gala Theatre. She offers some tips for staying inspired.

Look outside of your immediate circumstances for inspiration: After all this has settled, no one will want to watch a play about COVID-19. Not for a long time anyway. Anything you write about in this period itself stands a very good chance of dating horrendously as the world moves quickly forward. This is not the time to be writing Self-Isolation: My Fortnight Of Loneliness. Watch/read/listen to something about a different period of history, a different place, a different life experience to your own. Listen to albums in full and really work out why they are outstanding. Watch guilty pleasure films and work out what it is that makes you love them regardless. If you never read, try reading a play; they are shorter compared to novels. You never know, you might find one you love.

Dolly Parton’s America Podcast: Before all this happened, I was having a few big life hiccups anyway and I cannot tell you how wonderful Dolly Parton is at calming a worried mind. Listen to her hits. Listen to her hidden gems. Listen to this podcast to learn more about her life. Do it now. Thank me later.

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