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THE Black Swan Theatre in Perth has post­poned its 2020 sea­son.

The only pro­duc­tion it is now sched­uled to hold is

Ok­la­homa! in Novem­ber. The clo­sure is in­tended to help stop the spread of the coro­n­avirus but it has raised con­cerns for the sec­tor’s long term vi­a­bil­ity.

A state­ment from the theatre said many peo­ple would suf­fer fi­nan­cially, es­pe­cially its ca­sual work­force and free­lancers.

It would look at new ways to bring theatre to au­di­ences to keep theatre staff em­ployed.

“We will re­main pur­pose­ful and con­nected,” artis­tic di­rec­tor Clare Wat­son said.

“While we may be re­quired to dis­tance our­selves phys­i­cally, we want to en­sure that peo­ple are con­nected cre­atively.

“In the mean­time, we wish to thank our pa­trons and our com­mu­nity for their sup­port and un­der­stand­ing.”

Ticket hold­ers to can­celled events can re­ceive re­funds.

Pa­trons have been en­cour­aged to do­nate the value of their ticket back to Black Swan as a taxd­e­ductible con­tri­bu­tion.

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