First performance at Newhampton Arts Centre judged a success

A city arts venue has taken the first tentative steps towards putting on live entertainment.

Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton. Photo: Jamie Baker
Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton. Photo: Jamie Baker

The Newhampton Arts Centre (NAC) in Wolverhampton was able to put on a Covid-19-safe and socially distanced family magic show to help pilot the reopening of its theatre.

The show by resident magician and story teller Careena Fenton was able to take place after months of intensive planning and saw Careena, although known as Sylvia Sceptre, put on a no-touch magic show.

A small, invited audience were able to attend on Saturday following full safety measures put in place by the centre.

These included reduced theatre numbers, socially distanced seating, bar table service, face covers to be worn at all times unless seated, a one-way system across the site, Track and Trace, and comprehensive hygiene and cleaning.

The audience was also told not to cheer, shout, sing or dance, but encouraged to clap along to the show.


The pilot family show, which aimed to give people the confidence to return to the theatre, was adjudged to be a roaring success by bosses, gaining some very positive feedback from their audience.

The NAC theatre and venue space is now aiming to open to the public with a number of socially distanced shows and performances.

These will include Pepper & Honey on November 14, Mischief and Mystery in Moominvalley from November 11 to 13 and acoustic sets from the likes of John Bramwell and Mark Morriss.

All tickets can purchased through their Ticketsource website or by phone on 01902 572090.

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