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The play’s not the thing, the theatre is: returning to live performance is like returning to humanity – The Guardian

South Australia’s State Theatre Company is the first of the mainstage players to return, and even a socially distanced auditorium can’t dampen that glorious joy

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The last time I went to the theatre, I knew I wouldnt be back for a while. It was mid-March, the final Sunday of Adelaides festivals; the government was advising against gatherings of more than 500 people from Monday.
There was nothing of the rush of people exhausted but buoyed by art, trying to squeeze out every last drop. The crowds were thin, yet the air was thick with the unease of the unknown of what was to come.
For six months, my life was quiet and sheltered. Six months of early bedtime…

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