Audiences return to live group theatre performances in Jersey

Audiences have returned to the theatre in Jersey for the first time in five months. The island's Arts Centre is now staging group performances again following the latest lifting of restrictions.

Members of the Jersey Amateur Dramatic Club are staging a production of Blue Remembered Hills every night this week, up until Saturday evening (8 May) - a welcome return to the stage for many of those involved.

The play tells the story of a group of seven year olds playing in the woods during World War Two. But what starts out as fun and some rough and tumble soon takes a turn into more serious bullying with devastating consequences.

Cast members have been rehearsing for the show for the past eight weeks Credit: Jersey Amateur Dramatic Club

Returning to the theatre has meant following strict Covid safety precautions during rehearsals and at the venue itself - a new way of working for many in the cast.

There are still limits on how many people are allowed in the auditorium, with just 40 tickets available per night, to allow audience members to maintain social distancing.

The show also features ITV Channel TV presenter James Webster who has been fitting in rehearsals around reading the news each evening.

James Webster on stage with other members of the cast during Blue Remembered Hills Credit: Jersey Amateur Dramatic Club

This show runs until Saturday starting a season of new productions. After a year where so much of the arts has been cancelled, venues like this hope they never again have to endure a closure.