‘In the Wings’ Covid 2022 SGCNZ e-UOSWSF Plan of Action

Covid 2022 SGCNZ e-UOSWSF Plan of Action

In the highly probable situation of Covid affecting one or more regions or schools again this year, SGCNZ has in place an emergency digital plan – ‘In the Wings’.

A list of all the Regions and their current methodology on the presentation of their Festivals will be posted here soon.

Here is the slightly tweaked final version of the SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival Filming Guidelines of 2020 for use this year for groups to follow with regard filming rules.

All groups should film their scenes as soon as they are able or feel ready to, remembering simplicity and largely use of the camera as audience are what is required, rather than creating an elaborate short film.

It will be also be useful to preview these to self-evaluate your scene, even if it is performed live, which we certainly hope they can be, especially at the National Festival.

If a whole Region needs or wants to ‘go digital’, the films can be submitted and will be assessed in the same way as in 2020 year, through the process outlined in the Guidelines. If just a few schools are closed, they can submit their scenes on film, via Glass Gecko Films, to be assessed by their Region’s assigned Assessors and selections made under the same policies, and the others remain live.

There are various options of ‘live’ Festivals, depending on the Region. In some, the plan is to proceed as though the Festival will proceed as normal, though with mask wearing and My Vaccine Passes. Viewing these will be requested at non-school venues. Numbers of audience members and social distancing will be updated as ‘Traffic Lights flicker and change’!

Some Festivals will be held in one school, with groups coming in one or two schools at a time, to perform and be assessed, maybe with a small audience. In others, Assessors will go from school to school. Some may be able to have them almost normally, though with masks and seating as defined.

Please adhere to your Region’s methodology – unless you decide to move all your entries to join a different Region. Ask your Regional Representative if you are unsure of any details – or Dawn Sanders if these are unable to be answered by them.

However, if ‘Traffic Light’ restrictions preclude all live components, rest assured, we are ready to respond immediately and again create e-Festivals as necessary and Glass Gecko Films receive your films you have ‘waiting in the wings’! These worked in 2020!!

Please contact Dawn Sanders, SGCNZ CEO if you have any queries M: 027 283 6016 P: 04 384 1300 (W) E: dawn@sgcnz.org.nz

Updated 10/02/22